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Efforts to rebuild Dhubri history

Committee members inspect the remnants of the fort. Picture by Bijoy Kr Sharma

Dhubri, Sept. 4: A fort memorial of Koch king Parikshit Narayan with a welcome gate, an Ashoka pillar and a Buddhist shanti stupa will be set up here with Rs 10 lakh sanctioned by Dhubri MP Badruddin Ajmal.

Dhubri additional deputy commissioner Bhogeswar Shyam, who is the working president of the fort memorial committee, today said the foundation stones of the monuments would be laid soon.

The committee requires Rs 20 lakh to complete the work. The first phase will begin with the Rs 10 lakh given by Ajmal last week. He will sanction an equal amount for the next phase too, Shyam said.

The ADC said the administration was taking the steps with the cooperation of local people to preserve the glorious history of Dhubri district.

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

A source in the committee said remnants of the old fort lay scattered and neglected. Shyam said the fort memorial and the welcome gate would be constructed near Netai Dhobin ghat close to the bungalow of the Dhubri superintendent of police.

According to history, Koch king Raghu Rai was succeeded by his son Parikshit Narayan. Parikshit was defeated in 1602 by the nawab of Dhaka who was a governor of the Mughal empire. “Prior to the war with the Mughals, Parikshit built the fort and buildings for his generals and infantry in Dhubri. Its remnants will be installed in the memorial inside Rajiv Gandhi Park here. These structures will be a treasure trove for tourists, students of history and researchers,” a source said.

Remnants of Buddhist presence have also been found in the district and the Ashoka pillar and stupa would recreate the confluence of religion that the district was and would also make the park, where these would be built, more attractive.