Guwahati: Assam on Thursday paid rich tributes to over 140 persons who laid down their lives to fight the British at Patharughat, way back in 1894.
Remembering the peasant martyrs, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal described the peasant’s sacrifice as a glorious chapter of valour in India’s freedom struggle.
“Heartfelt salutations to the valiant martyrs of the historic Patharughat Uprising. Remembering the braveheart farmers whose ultimate sacrifice is a glorious chapter of valour in India’s freedom struggle,” CM Sonowal wrote in a Tweet.
The Patharughat uprising of 1894 occupies a special place in the history of India’s struggle. It was one incident the British Police had gunned down 140 brave Assamese farmers at Patharughat in Darrang, Assam.
The uprising was triggered by a British government decision in 1893 to increase agricultural tax by 70% to 80%. While peasants across Assam began protests through a series of raij-mels (people’s conventions), it turned violent on January 28, 1894 after the police opened fire to disperse the agitating peasant at Patharughat.
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