STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - In a significant development, Armenian Ambassador to India Armen Martirosyan on Monday told Jayanta Sarma, secretary of the city-based conservation body Heritage Conservation Society, Assam (HeCSA), when the latter met him at his embassy office in New Delhi, that the Armenian Government has instructed the former to collect convincing evidences on the existence of an Armenian church at Dhubri.
Armenian Ambassador Armen Martirosyan (Left) with HeCSA secretary Jayanta Sarma in New Delhi on Monday.
It needs mention here that there is a popular belief that there existed an Armenian church at Dhubri between 1800 AD and the early part of the 20th century. The structure that housed the church is still there on PM Dutta Bahadur Road, opposite Queen Victoria statue. It is also very close to the historic Gurudwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji.
Based on this popular belief, several news reports appeared and the Armenian Ambassador told HeCSA secretary Sarma during their meet on Monday that all these news reports about the Armenian church were picked up by the Armenian, Russian and some European media.
Sarma said the meet lasted for over one hour and during the discussion, he had submitted all the land documents, believed to be those of the church, to the Armenian Ambassador.
Sarma is of the belief that if any convincing evidence about the existence of the Armenian church at Dhubri could be found, it will have far-reaching consequences. Following the meeting, Sarma contacted Deputy Commissioner of Dhubri seeking his support in this connection. The Deputy Commissioner agreed to extend all possible help in this regard, Sarma said.