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Panel inspects Dhubri fort ruins

Dhubri, June 24: Dhubri Fort Memorial Construction Committee, which was formed to preserve the remnants of the old fort, today inspected the ruins of the fort built by Koch King Parikshit Narayan to defend Dhubri from the Mughal invaders in 1602.

In a meeting held today, the committee, headed by Dhubri deputy commissioner Kumud Chandra Kalita, resolved to preserve the broken stones of the forts in a memorial park to be constructed just opposite Netai Dhobin Park.

The 25-member committee also resolved to take immediate steps to collect all the remnants (broken pieces of stones) of the fort, lying scattered across Dhubri town, particularly along the river bank.

The committee observed that the glorious history of Dhubri district (part of erstwhile Goalpara district) should be preserved, else these remnants would be lost in the passage of time.

Working president of the committee and additional deputy commissioner Bhogeswar Shyam told The Telegraph that Koch King Raghu Rai was succeeded by his son Parikshit Narayan and was defeated in 1602 by the army of the Nawab of Dhaka, who was governor for the Mughal Empire.

“Prior to war with the Mughals, King Parikshit built the fort and buildings for his generals and infantry in Dhubri. We are assembling the remnants and install them in the memorial park, which will be a place of tourist interest as well as special place of research and study for students of history and culture in particular,” he said.

Dhubri district information and publicity officer and one of the prominent members of the committee, Sanjiv Kumar Barua, when asked about the place where the memorial park would be constructed, said, “The place is opposite Netai Dhobin Park. It is also close to Panch Peer dargah built in 1666 and Dhubri deputy commissioner’s bungalow, a heritage building of the British era with frontal panoramic view of the Brahmaputra.”

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