Krishak Swahid Divas celebration
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, December 28: The State Government will celebrate the historic Krishak Swahid Divas in a befitting manner on January 28. For the first time a senior officer in the rank of Additiol Chief Secretary visited Pothorughat in Darrang district on Wednesday to take the stock of the situation and to supervise the prelimiry works of the celebration.
Additiol Chief Secretary KK Mittal visited the historic site and talked to the local villagers and prominent citizens regarding the smooth celebration of the day.
Legislator of Sipajhar, Binda Saikia, Darrang Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman and officials of the Agriculture department offered a detailed note on this historic event of freedom struggle of India.
On January 28, 1894 a total of 140 village farmers were brutally gunned down by the colonial British rulers when the village farmers peacefully protested against enhanced land revenue. Though this tragic incident happened earlier than the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the village farmers of Darrang took the path of non-violence much before Mahatma Gandhi, yet this glorious chapter in the history of the country’s freedom movement failed to get tiol recognition and due mention in the pages of the history.
Significantly, during his tenure as the president of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 1994, Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal had attended the centery celebration of Krishak Swahid Divas organized by the AASU. January 28 is celebrated as Krishak Swahid Divas every year while the army also celebrates the day with full military honour and style.