Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone for the construction work of the Assam Movement Martyrs' Memorial 'Swahid Smarak' and 'Swahid Udyan' at West Boragaon in Guwahati on the occasion of 'Swahid Divas' on December 10.
Assam state BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Ministers Atul Bora, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Keshab Mahanta, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Lok Sabha MP Queen Oja, MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Chief Advisor of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) Samujjal Bhattacharyya and several other dignitaries were also present at the event.
The first volume of a book encompassing the events of the Assam Agitation, leading to the historic signing of the Assam Accord in 1985, called the 'Asom Andolan Tathykosh' was also released by the Chief Minister.
98 bighas, 1 katha, 13 lechas of land will be used for the construction of Martyrs' Memorial.
Assam CM Sonowal tweeted, "Solemn tributes to the martyrs of the historic Assam Movement. On this auspicious day, let us remember with pride the glorious legacy of the immortal souls who sacrificed their today to secure our future."
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also paid tributes to the martyrs of the Assam Movement. He wrote, "Assam will always remember the valiant sacrifice made by young souls during the Assam Movement."
Besides Assam CM Sonowal and Minister Sarma, Chief Advisor of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) said, "I pay my rich tributes to all the 860 martyrs of the Assam Movement."
It was on December 10 in 1979 that Khargeswar Talukdar became the first martyr of the Assam Movement.
Altogether 855 people were martyred and thousands of others were injured during the movement (1979-1985) against illegal migration from Bangladesh.