Peasant physique Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Tuesday staged protests throughout Assam, demanding the discharge of its chief Akhil Gogoi in addition to the repeal of the contentious Citizenship (Modification) Act.
The members of the organisation defied prohibitory orders in Guwahati and have been arrested, whereas at different locations it shaped human chains, carried out songs and created artworks in help of their demand.
Within the state capital, the KMSS supporters defied Part 144 and shaped a human chain and shouted slogans, demanding Gogoi’s launch and repeal of the Act.
“They didn’t have any permission to stage the protest. So, we arrested them for violating the prohibitory orders,” a senior police official mentioned.
Gogoi is being handled at Gauhati Medical Faculty and Hospital after testing constructive for COVID-19. He contracted the virus in Guwahati Central Jail, the place he was lodged for his alleged function in violent anti-CAA protests final 12 months.
KMSS president Raju Bora mentioned the group has restarted the anti-CAA motion from Tuesday and it’ll proceed until the controversial regulation is repealed.
“This time, the agitation might be extra united and highly effective. The BJP authorities is fearful of Akhil Gogoi and that’s the reason they’ve put him in jail. They need to cease the peoples’ voice by imprisoning Gogoi,” he added.
In Jorhat metropolis, artistes, college students, educationists, advocates, journalists and customary folks joined the agitation and carried out songs and recited poems, whereas painters created sketches to press for his or her calls for.
Dergaon, Merapani, Bokakhat and plenty of different locations in Golaghat district too witnessed cultural protests.
In Dibrugarh, farmers staged a singular protest by planting rice seedlings on their paddy fields. Individuals additionally shaped human chains at a number of different locations within the district.
Within the Chenimari space of Barpeta, which is ravaged by the devastating flood, folks protested standing and forming human chains on their country-made boats.
Related inventive and number of protest expressions have been witnessed in different districts, together with Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Darrang, Kamrup, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Goalpara, Dhubri and Baksa.
The Hailakandi and Cachar districts of the Barak valley additionally noticed some demonstrations, demanding the discharge of the RTI activist.
Within the midst of intense anti-CAA motion, Gogoi was arrested on December 12 final 12 months from Jorhat as a “safety measure” in view of the deteriorating regulation and order scenario within the state and his three colleagues have been taken into custody the subsequent day.
They have been later handed over to the Nationwide
Investigation Company for probing their alleged function within the violent protest and their doable hyperlinks with Maoist parts.
Earlier, the Particular NIA Court docket had granted bail to Gogoi on March 17 on the Chandmari police station case and subsequently to others after the investigating company did not file a cost sheet inside the specified interval of 90 days.
The Gauhati Excessive Court docket later stayed the bail.
His three associates — Dhaijya Konwar, Bittu Sonowal and Manash Konwar — have now obtained bail within the NIA case and have been launched from the jail.
The NIA is investigating two instances, which have been initially registered at Chandmari and Chabua police stations, associated to the alleged function of Gogoi and his three colleagues within the violent protests.
On Might 29, the NIA filed the cost sheet within the Chandmari case in opposition to Gogoi and three of his colleagues for sedition and terror actions for his or her alleged function in violent protests in opposition to the Citizenship (Modification) Act in December final 12 months.
The 4 leaders have been later arrested in a lot of previous instances registered throughout completely different police stations in Assam. They’ve bail in most of those instances.
Gogoi was granted bail on July 16 by the Gauhati Excessive Court docket on three Assam Police’s instances associated to the burning of a put up workplace, circle workplace and a department of United Financial institution of India at Chabua of Dibrugarh district throughout anti-CAA protest.
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