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    Assam to construct a war memorial in recognition to Alaboi martyrs

    Assamese soldiers in Alaboi Battle fought on August 5, 1669 despite showing victories in the beginning were killed by the Mughals

    Guwahati: Assam government would set up a war memorial at Kamrup as a part of the government’s rich tributes to the devotion, dedication, martyrdom of the soldiers of Alaboi Battle where the Assamese soldiers belonging to different caste and creed put up a brave resistance against the Mughals.

    Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the people of Assam at present need to unite to fight against the divisive forces acting tacitly against the growth and development of Assam.

    Paying tribute to the martyrs of the Alaboi Memorial Day at Dadara Higher Secondary school premises at Kamrup on Wednesday, Sonowal said that the Assamese soldiers in Alaboi Battle fought on August 5, 1669 despite showing victories in the beginning were killed by the Mughals.

    However, the battle preceded the famous battle of Saraighat in which the Assamese forces scripted convincing victory against the Mughals. He also said that the famous battle of Alaboi sown the seeds of victory against the mighty Mughals.

    The CM said that the battle generated a strong sense of nationalism. It also moved by the strong desire of protecting the motherland, served a source of motivation for the great general Lachit Borphukan for retribution and ultimately tasted victory in the Saraigaht Battle against the Mughals.

    He also said that the battle of Alaboi has various facets which can inspire people of all generations.  Like the battle of Alaboi, a strong resistance needs to be created against all unscrupulous elements which are trying to create deterrent against the tempo of growth and development unleashed by the government in Assam.

    State’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion said that the state is greatly indebted to the supreme sacrifices of the Assamese soldiers in the Battle of Alaboi.

    “The sacrifice of the soldiers should always remain fresh on the minds of the people of the state and therefore, State government would do everything possible to construct a war memorial at Kamrup and land for the purpose has already been earmarked,” Sarma added.

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