Barak Valley of Assam on 19 May 2014 observed Bhasha Shahid Diwas or Language Martyrs Day. The day was observed by the people of the area irrespective of their linguistic identity.
Significance of Bhasha Shahid Diwas or Language Martyrs Day in Assam
Bhasha Shahid Diwas or Language Martyrs Day is observed in the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley area of Assam in remembrance of the incident that happened on 19 May 1961. In the incident, eleven youth including one woman laid their lives down in police firing at the Silchar railways station. They laid their life while protesting against imposition of Assamese language on the Bengali-speaking populace of this valley.
The Sammilita Sanskritik Manch organised various programs at Silchar Railway station, crematorium and Gandhi Bagh to mourn for the incident. People of the area including some political leaders paid floral tributes to the language martyrs Column in Silchar.
When: on 19 May 2014