BISWANATH CHARIALI, March 15: The statue of Padmanth Gohain Baruah located at Tinsukia town been left in the lurch, which has shocked concerned citizens. Gohain Baruah was one of the eminent writers in the field of Assamese literature. He was also the first president of the Assam Sahitya Sabha.
The statue of the literary doyen was installed at Tinsukia town with initiatives from Tilak Chandra Handique, a resident of Tinsukia, and his wife Swarnalata Handique at a cost of Rs. 8 lakh.
The surrounding place beside the statue has now become a dumping zone due to lack of attention from concerned authorities. Situation has come to such a pass that some have even hanged clothes to dry on the railings encircling the statue.
“There are many people who do not know the past of the Assamese art, culture and literature or do not understand the value of Assam history,” a concerned citizen said.
The statue of Padmanath Gohain Baruah was officially unveiled on November 2, 2020.
The National Human Rights and Crime Control Bureau (NHRCCB) state president Nishant Thard called the incident unfortunate. The organization further urged the Tinsukia municipality authorities to take immediate action in this regard.
Grandson of Gohain Baruah, Sanjay Gohain Barauah, guitarist and music director expressed remorse to the incident and wondered if anyone had lit a candle at the statue site on the death anniversary of the eminent educationist.