From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, March 7: “Eminent freedom fighter, selfless social activist and the founder president of the Darrang district committee of Asom Ga Parishad (AGP) in 1985, Pani Ram Das was not only a political leader but also the first jourlist of Darrang district who played a key role in the Assam Agitation. It was only Pani Ram Das who single-handedly organized a public meeting at Kalaigaon on May 30, 1975 for the first time in the State to create public opinion for demanding the deportation of the illegal foreign tiols. He also organized another largely attended public meeting on the burning topic at Kalaigaon on February 26,1978 and a mass rally at Gandhi Maidan at Mangaldai on April 19, 1979 before the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had taken up the issue to create an unprecedented six year-long Assam Agitation,” said president of Darrang district committee of Asom Ga Parishad (AGP), Kamaleswar Barua while dedicating a library in the me of Pani Ram Das in the office of the district committee of AGP on Wednesday.
He also recalled the rare sacrifice of Pani Dam Das during the Assam Agitation and in formation of the Asom Ga Parishad. “Das was arrested under Preventive Detention Act in 1980 and under some fabricated crimil cases in 1981. He was detained in the jails in Mangaldai, Tezpur, Guwahati and gaon for a couple of months. The Congress government had also sent him in exile in the thick jungles of Aruchal Pradesh at Bhalukpong in 1982 for several months during the Assam Agitation,” added Kamaleswar Barua while offering his deep tribute in memory of Pani Ram Das. Dr. ba Kumar Das, the third son of Pani Ram Das, ceremonially iugurated the library in presence of a good number of party workers.