HOWRAGHAT: The Charchim-Presek massacre was commemorated on Tuesday across Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong. The tragic day was remembered as ‘National Mourning Day’.
On October 17, 2005, Dimasa militants allegedly killed 41 persons. They were travelling in a Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) passenger bus from Jirikending, when the militants waylaid the bus at Charchim-Prisek village and carried out the slaughter.
Among the 41 victims, the number of women and children was more. The place of incident comes under the jurisdiction of Jirikindeng police station. After killing the people, the militants torched the bus and swooped down on the nearby village Charchim, and burned the entire village and destroyed more than 15 villagers.
Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Tuliram Ronghang along with newly-crowned Karbi traditional king Longsing Ronghang paid floral tribute and offered prayers at the memorial stone.
Member of Lok Sabha from Diphu constituency, Horensing Bey, MLAs and Executive Members of the council, family members of the victims joined the peace prayer. In his address, Tuliram Ronghang requested all communities living in Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong to uphold harmony and peace. He pointed out that by observing the ‘National Mourning Day’, his council is not hurting the feelings of any community, rather his council is promoting brotherhood among all.