Honours the Martyrs of Patharighat
107 years, the Last Post was sounded in the memory of
the martyrs of Patharighat in Darrang district in Lower Assam
by the buglers of the Assam Regiment. In a solemn ceremony
witnessed by nearly ten thousand people, the Governor of
Assam, Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha dedicated the Patharighat
Martyrs Memorial .
was here on January 28, 1894 that local peasants revolted
against increase in land revenue. Unarmed but resolute they
stood up to the British might. In a desperate attempt to curb
the agitation , the British massacred the peasants. In the
ensuing firing ordered by the then DC of Darrang , Mr
Anderson, 140 peasants achieved martyrdom and 150 were
injured. The martyrs irrespective of their casted and creed
were buried together in a mass grave. That stands as a ‘benchmark`
in the history of India’s freedom struggle. But
unfortunately not much was known to the rest of the country
about the peasants struggle in the remote corner of the
unit of the Red Horns Division located in Mangaldai organised
the task of rebuilding the memorial for those who were almost
the "Elegy written in the Village Churchyard’’
emerged a glittering black granite structure with the names of
martyrs etched in gold. The Army was the guiding force in
getting Patharighat villagers and the district administration
execute the project.
Army attributed the success to the excellent team work of
civil administration and the Army. The Commanding Officer of
the battalion which executed the project said that the
district administration worked hand-in-hand with the Army. A
major share of the funds came from the district authorities.
Governor of Assam, Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha while dedicating
the Memorial recalled the glorious contribution of the people
of Assam to India’s freedom struggle. The GOC, Red Horn
Division, Maj Gen A S Jamwal said that it was a great pride to
be able to honour the martyrs of Patharighat.
Camp At Raha
part of the drive to help the rural population in the
insurgency-affected Assam, an artillery unit of Red Horns
Division of the Army conducted a medical camp at Jitra near
Nowgaon Medical specialists in medicine, ENT, eye, gynaecology,
radiology and pathology were available to provide the much
needed medical cover. X- Ray and laboratory facilities were
awareness classes on small family norms, health and hygiene
were also conducted by the Army doctors. Medical comforts and
medicines were distributed free of cost. Brig R S Sujlana,
Commander Chindits Brigade inaugurated the camp. About 10,000
people were benefited by this medical camp.
Red Horns Division conducted a Defence Correspondents
Capsule(DCC) at Guwahati, Assam for 30 print and electronic
media personnel. The aim of the DCC was to acquaint
media-persons with the basic organisation, functioning and
role of Armed Forces in low intensity conflict operations (
LICO)by organising lecture, discussions, visit to Army units
and formations in forward areas and AF Station, Borjhar.
During the DCC, there was a wide ranging discussion on ways of
improving relations between Army and media.
capsule was conducted in two parts. Part 1 was organised at
Guwahati, which included lectures and panel discussion on
organisation of Army, rank structure, order of precedence and
human rights aspects. In addition, there was an equipment and
weapon display and a fire-power demonstration at Darranga Mela.
In part II programme the participants visited the formations
and units at Arunachal Pradesh. This gave mediapersons an
exposure to troops deployed in forward areas. Maj Gen AS
Jamwal, GOC Red Horns Division, in his opening address,
stressed the need for a balanced reporting on
counter-insurgency operations. He highlighted the role of
media in Kargil conflict.
participants said that the capsule gave them an opportunity to
understand the functioning of the Defence Services.
: Maj R K Bhattacharya
Computer Training Centre Launched
No 2 Workshop of Assam Rifles under Mizoram Range launched a
fully air-conditioned mobile computer van nicknamed "Shakti
Vahini". The scheme has been launched to train higher
secondary rural boys and girls who have no access to computer
. A total of 650 students have been enrolled who are being
covered in various phases. A total of 104 students are being
covered in the first phase of the programme.
Maj Kps Patali