16th 'National Mourning Day' observed in West Karbi Anglong
The 16th 'National Mourning Day' was observed in remembrance of the 41 innocent lives who were killed by Dimasa militants on this day in 2005
DONGKAMUKAM: The 16th 'National Mourning Day' was observed in remembrance of the 41 innocent lives who were killed by Dimasa militants on this day in 2005, during the Karbi Dimasa clash when a Council Transport vehicle was ferrying the passengers to Diphu.
The militants stopped the vehicle and let down the passenger one by one and shot them on point blank range in a place called Charchim Prisek, under Jirikending (at that time Kheroni Police Station) -- some 45 km away from Dongkamukam in West Karbi Anglong.
From then on, the Karbis began observing the day as the 'National Mourning Day'.
CEM KAAC Tuliram Ronghang was the Chief Guest. He said that this day is the blackest day in the history of Karbis. He also asked all to refrain from committing such acts of violence in future. He appealed to all to maintain peace and harmony and also to work for development of the Hill Districts. Peace is the only solution for all of us," said Tuliram.
He also assured that KAAC (Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council) will provide a provisional budget of Rs 5 lakh to observe the National Mourning Day'. Earlier rich floral tributes were paid before the epitaph erected in the memory of those killed.
The meeting held on the occasion was presided over by the president of 'National Mourning Day Observation Committee -- Sai Tokbi. Also present on the occasion were MLAs Bidyasing Engleng, Dhorsing Ronghang and Rupsing Teron, EMs, MACs, Chairmen of Boards, NGO leaders and hundreds of sympathisers.