GAURISAGAR/JOYSAGAR, April 23: The bust of the first martyr journalist of Assam and freedom fighter Kamala Saikia was unveiled on Sunday at his native land Dikhowmukh Bharalua Tiniali on the outskirts of Gaurisagar in Sivasagar district. Kamala Saikia was brutally killed by some unidentified extremists on August 9, 1991. His bust was unveiled at his‘ native place under the joint aegis of AASU, Dikhowmukh Regional Unit, Dikhowmukh Press Club and the people of Dikhowmukh. Veteran journalist and former Axam Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president Kanak Sen Deka unveiled the bust of Kamala Saikia made by noted sculptor Biren Singha. In this connection, an open session was held under the chairmanship of Bani Kanta Saikia, president of Kamala Saikia Smritiraksha Samiti. Dr. Saumarjyoti Mahanta, Principal, Sibsagar Commerce College inaugurated the meeting. In his speech, he said that Kamala Saikia had to go into eternal sleep in order to awaken the people of Assam by bringing a change in the society.
Kanak Sen Deka lauded the courage of Kamla Saikia Deka to criticize the ULFA’s activities in Assam. Journalist Sanjib Phukan criticized the rise in atrocities on journalists. Phukan said that despite confession by the secretary of ULFA of involvement in Kamala Saikia’s murder, no action had been taken to nab the culprits.