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Place in the news: Dhekiajuli

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  • February 10, 2021
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Place in the news: Dhekiajuli

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- I – Modern History

In news 

  • Indian Prime Minister recently paid a visit to the historic martyr town of Dhekiajuli in Assam, to lay the foundation stone for two medical colleges and launch a road and highway project.

Important value additions 

  • Dhekiajuli is associated with the Quit India Movement of 1942. 
  • Dhekiajuli was home to possibly the youngest martyr of the Indian freedom struggle.
  • On September 20, 1942, as part of the Quit India movement, processions of freedom fighters marched to various police stations across several towns in Assam.
  • These squads, which were known as ‘Mrityu Bahini’, or death squads, had wide participation — including women and children — and set out to unfurl the tricolor atop police stations, seen as symbols of colonial power.
  • The British administration came down heavily on them. 
  • In Dhekiajuli, at least 15 people were shot dead, three of them women, including the 12-year-old Tileswari Barua.

Do you know? 

  • September 20 has for long been observed as Martyrs’ Day in Dhekiajuli town.
  • Recently, the Dhekiajuli police station was accorded heritage status and restored by the Assam government.

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