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Dr Hazarika’s statue demanded
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Nov 11 – The sita bhasma (the urn of ashes from the funeral) of legendary cultural icon Dr Bhupen Hazarika was ceremonially placed at the centre of the Chowkidinghee ground here on Thursday for the public to pay respect and homage to the departed soul. The urn containing the ashes was brought from Guwahati in a decorated red Bolero by a team of district officials headed by Bhaskar Pegu, SDO (Sadar).

The urn along with the portrait of Dr Bhupen Hazarika were placed on a makeshift podium.The entry and exit paths were made to ease movements of people coming for the shradhanjali. Deputy Commissioner Dr K K Dwivedi initiated the floral tribute by showering flowers and praying infront of the potrait. Dibrugarh Municipal Board chairman, Chandrakanta Baruah, Superintendent of Police, Arabinda Kalita, Additional Deputy Commissioner, P K Rajkhowa were among others who paid homage at the start to the much admired great son of the soil.

Among thousands who paid their tribute included members from the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Pragatisheel Nari Sanstha, media, political parties, NGOs, leaders of various local youth and students’ organisations, local religious leaders of various faiths and police personnel including the women cops. The urn of ashes of Bhupenda were kept at the site for the night. The immersion of the ashes will be done at the Brahmaputra.

Meanwhile, Mottock Yuba Chatra Sanmilan, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Parishad (AJYP) and Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad have called upon the district administration to erect a statue of Dr Bhupen Hazarika near the office of the Deputy Commissioner and further requested the Dibrugarh University authorities to do the same at their campus in respect to the cultural icon. The organisations have also decided to hold the adha shraddha of Dr Bhupen Hazarika on November 19 at Dibrugarh Development Authority market complex at Chowkidinghee here.

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