By- Staff Reporter | Date– January 05, 2012
The Hardliner faction of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has warned the real estate developer Pratik Infracon Private Limited owned by businessman Pratik Agarwal, of dire consequences if they do not refrain from carrying out their construction work at the site of the Momai-Kota Garh, also known as Lachit Garh at North Guwahati, destroying the much significant historic rampart.
In a press release sent to Times of Assam by the outfit’s publicity commander Arunodoy Dohotiya, the outfit warned all companies and corporates not to indulge in any activities which are against the interests of the state. The outfit also criticized those Assamese youth who wore Gandhi Caps in support of Anna Hazare against corruption, but acted indecent and drunk at the night of New Year celebrations at a time when people of Dhemaji and Lakhimpur were braving cold winter fighting for the cause and rights of their motherland.
The Lachit Garh or Momai Kota Garh was constructed under leadership of Ahom General Lachit Barphukan to obstruct the Mughal Invasion back in 1671. The battle of Saraighat where a relatively weak Assamese Army under leadership of Lachit Barphukan and Atan Burhagohain had destroyed the mighty Mughal invasion around this place attributes much of its success to this historic rampart built in just one night. It is to be mentioned that the Assam State Government has been criticized often for failure towards preservation and protection of historical monuments. Last year Public activist Prof Deven Dutta had come down heavily on the issue, citing examples of the gradual destruction of Momai Kota Garh, Numaligarh, Rajgarh, Potaligarh, Arimattagarh and Samdhoragarh.