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Ligin Bomjen

West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh

August 13, 2022 to August 13, 2023

Ligin Bomjen was the son of Chabli Bomjen. He was born in March 1926 at Bagra village of West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh. During his tender age he accompanied his friends and elders to Assam for trading. While in Assam he learned about Mahatma Gandhi and other nationalists. In 1943 the villagers defied the orders of British officials for recruiting porters from villages for which the British banned salt trade. Ligin along with his friends managed to smuggle salt to his village. However, eventually he was forced to serve as a porter in the second world war. After serving as a porter and spending time outside Ligin learned about the Indian National Movement. Thereafter, in 1945 he reached Dari village to meet Moji Riba and Moje Riba and joined them in a freedom movement with the help of Dibrugarh Congress Committee. When the Dipa Congress Committee formed at Dipa village, Ligin was made the Office secretary. Their movement led him to open confrontation with the Political Officer P. L. S. James posted at Pasighat. Hence, he was part of a movement against the British officials. For his participation in India's Freedom Movement, the government of India recognized him as a freedom fighter and awarded with Tamra Patra on 26, January 1989. B.C. Bharati, Deputy Commissioner, West Siang District gave Tamra Patra to him. After serving as the Political Interpreter, he died in the year 1991.