FROM A CORRESPONDENT
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 7: Thousands of people, old and young, men and women have been pouring in from various parts of the district and outside to a remote village on the foothills of Assam-Aruchal Pradesh border in Lakhimpur district. The purpose is to have a glimpse of statutes and other artefacts found on the backyard of Dileep Upadhyay, a peasant of Bhitoripaam village, Phoolbari under Nowboicha Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district.
Upadhyay, while digging the ground on his backyard for a well found statues, decorated pillars and other artefacts in ruins in layers. As the news of these discovery spread into the nearby villages, people in large numbers began arriving in large numbers to have a look on them and to offer prayers. All the antique artefacts, a broken beam with three statues, some pillars and other parts of architectural patterns have been placed for public display under a shed by Dileep Upadhyay where people are offering flowers and money as a mark of reverence and devotion.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Lakhimpur district, has visited the place and the district administration has taken adequate measures to preserve the antiquities for archaeological research and verification. A team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) from Delhi is scheduled to visit the place for verification and research on the antiquities. To prevent any private digging or excavation, the Lakhimpur district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC. A four member ASI team comprising research assistant Abhijeet Deka and State archaeological technical officer bajeet Deori visited the site on Tuesday. According to them, based on prelimiry investigation, the ruins are dated back to be during the period of 10th to 12th century AD. However, the ASI experts said that fil dating of the ruins could only be confirmed after thorough investigation and research.