FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
SIVASAGAR, April 7: With a view to celebrate the upcoming Rongali Bihu festival in peace and harmony, Sivasagar District Administration in collaboration with Police Administration organized a meeting with different organizations at the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar recently. Representatives of organizations involved in organizing Bihu functions like All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Brihattar Asomiya Yuva Mancha (BAYM), Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad (TAYP), Ahom Se, Ahom Ga Mancha and local business associations attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, Sivasagar Deputy Commissioner Virendra Mittal said Bihu was the life of Assamese society and a symbol of unity. He said that the meeting had been called so that the festival of joy could be celebrated peacefully without violation of law and order.
Sivasagar Superintendent of Police Bibekanda Das said that a section of office bearers or members of some organizing committees of Bihu functions indulged in forcible collection of funds in the me of dotion. The forcible collection of funds not only created hatred and disturbance of peace but also destroyed the mood of festivity amongst the business community.
The district administration made it clear to all organizing committees that functions must be organized after getting permission from the administration and law and order must be maintained. Extortion in any form or forcible collection of dotion would not be allowed.
Mentioning the recent road accident in which 11 artists died in Goalpara after coming from a Bihu function which ended in the wee hours of the morning, the district administration strictly instructed the Bihu committees to complete the function before 12 midnight or even earlier. Besides, the administration also appealed to all Bihu committees not to hold Bihu-related functions beyond the season of Bohag.
Aswini Chetia and Basanta Gogoi of ATASU, Jadav Gogoi of BAYM, Kula Prasad Saikia of AJYCP, Bhairab Munda of Ahom Se, Mahendra Dehingia of Ahom Ga Mancha and Bakul Borthakur of Business Association also spoke on various issues relating to Bihu sanmillan.