GUWAHATI: Along with the rest of the country, Assam also observed Martyrs’ Day with due solemnity on Saturday.
At a ceremonial function held in front of the Chief Minister’s Block at Assam Secretariat, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led the State in paying homage to the martyrs of the freedom movement and Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi who attained martyrdom on this day in 1948. Chief Minister Gogoi laid floral wreath at the portrait followed by officers and employees of the Secretariat.
A two-minute silence was observed in memory of those who laid down their lives in India’s freedom movement. Salami do and Ulte Shastr were carried out by the guards followed by Shok Shastr. A siren was sounded following which vehicular traffic on city roads came to a standstill for two-minutes. Silence was also observed at work places. The brief ceremony came to a close with Baju Shastr played by the guards.
Chief Secretary, VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary to CM, MGVK Bhanu, among others, were present on the occasion.
“Homage to Father of the Nation and all those who sacrificed their lives in the freedom movement. Let us imbibe their ideals to defeat the divisive, fundamentalist forces to further strengthen peace, harmony and development,” Gogoi tweeted.