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Tributes in Assam's Silchar, Tripura to commemorate language martyrs

IANS  |  Silchar/Agartala 

Tributes were paid on Sunday to commemorate the death of 11 people who died in police firing on May 19, 1961 in during the Bengali language agitation.

People from all walks of life across all the three districts of Barak Valley -- Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi -- gathered at the railway station and paid their tributes.

On the occasion of 'Bhasa Swahid Diwas' (Language Day), a large number of artists from and southern performed a variety of cultural functions in the day-long commemorative celebrations.

On May 19, 1961, eleven youths, including a woman, died in police firing in railway station in southern while demanding recognition of Bengali as their mother tongue and official language in

The ultimately gave official status to the Bengali language in the three districts of Barak Valley in 1961.

Several politicans and of also took part in the ceremony. Similar programmes were also held in Agartala.



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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 22:54 IST