Sinlung /
04 March 2014

Protests Against Arrest of Peasant Leader

Guwahati, Mar 4 : Protests were staged in various parts of Assam today against the arrest of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi here in the wee hours yesterday.

KMSS workers and supporters staged protests in different parts since yesterday against the arrest, blocking roads in some parts, mainly in eastern Assam and outskirts of Guwahati.

They have also demanded unconditional release of Mr Gogoi and his four other associates who were arrested with him.

The KMSS has also launched a movement for the release of their leaders from today.

Mr Gogoi and his associates were arrested in a pre-dawn crack from various parts of Guwahati yesterday.

They have been remanded in four days police custody by a local court, beginning yesterday.

They have been arrested on charges of abetment to suicide and criminal conspiracy after Mr Gogoi, at a press conference on Saturday, said more KMSS workers were ready for self-immolation if they were not given land rights.

A KMSS worker, Pranab Boro, had committed self-immolation in front of the state secretariat here on February 24 last against alleged deprivation of land rights to landless dwellers of Guwahati.


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