The Assam government has set up a ₹14.81-crore state-of-the-art park, Amrit Udyan, with modern amenities at Hengrabari, Guwahati, in honour of the sacrifice made by great tribal leaders who fought against the British rule for India’s independence.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswas Sharma on Tuesday inaugurated the park, which is spread over 14 bigha-land, and unveiled statues of eight eminent tribal freedom fighters from the Northeast states of India.
“Gives me immense joy to inaugurate Amrit Udyan, a park with modern amenities at Hengrabari, Guwahati. Built at a cost of ₹14.81 cr and spread over 14 bigha-land, the park hosts statues of 8 eminent tribal leaders from NE who fought valiantly against the British Raj,” the chief minister tweeted.
The eight statues of imminent Northeast India freedom fighters installed at Amrit Udyan as a mark of honour and tribute to the great souls included the following:-
1. Dimasa leader Sambhudhan Phonglo, an Indian independent freedom fighter who fought against British rule in Assam, and was later killed by the British in 1883.
2. Legendary Bir Tikendrajit Singh, the commander of Manipuri Army that rebelled against the British power and was later hanged;
3. Rani Gaidinliu, a Rongmei Naga spiritual leader and freedom fighter, who was arrested and sentenced to life by the British, walking free only after Independence;
4. Moje Riba from Arunachal Pradesh who was arrested by the British for resisting their colonial rule;
5. Rani Ropuiliani of Mizoram who was captured and held captive for two years before she died;
6. U Tirot Sing Syiem, the Khasi chief who fought the British in early 19th century but was captured in January 1833 and deported to Dhaka where he died;
7. Helen Lepcha alias Sabitri Devi, the great freedom fighter from Sikkim whose revolutionary zeal shook the foundation of British empire;
8. Bidrohi Ratanmani Reang of Tripura, who led the famous Reang revolt against the British. He was later captured by the British troops and killed in captivity in Agartala.