This release comes from the NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF PEOPLE’S MOVEMENTS
Akhil Gogoi’s arrest smacks of vindictive attitude of Assam Govt.
PUNISH THE GUILTY POLICE OFFICIALS FOR BRUTAL MURDER
New Delhi / Guwahati, June 24th : As was expected, Akhil Gogoi, Genereal Secretary along with Mukut, Office Secretary, KMSS have been arrested by the Assam police from the Guwahati Press Club on the charges of arson, rioting and burning of government vehicles. It is ironical that there has been no action taken on Debasish Borah DSP, Dispur and other police officials responsible for day light murder of a nine year old child, Shiv Chauhan (40), and Viren Kolita (62) a rickshaw puller. Is this the rule of law? It is nothing but vindictiveness on part of the Congress Government in Assam against whom KMSS has been actively campaigning and exposing their corruption.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has a history of non-violent agitations and exposing the corruption of the district officials and some of the key Ministers of Mr. Tarun Gogoi’s Cabinet. KMSS has been a victim of state terror in past as well and many of their cadres has been arrested on various charges for opposing anti-people development, mega dams in the North East and unearthing massive corruption in the PDS in Golaghat district. If in all these years KMSS has never indulged in violence or damaging government property then how can they do this ?
It is completely ironical that Akhil was addressing a press conference on the same issue and explaining that how some unruly elements in the crowd and members of Youth Congress were responsible for the burning of the vehicles. Given the complicity of the state and KMSS occupying the key oppositional democratic space in the State, it is very likely that violence was instigated to bring bad name to the movement.
We fear that Akhil Gogoi might be booked under the National Security Act which is completely undemocratic and against all the constitutional norms. NAPM strongly condemns any such devious endeavour on the Assam government part. We demand that the government immediately withdraws false charges and release Akhil and take action against the erring police officials responsible for the cold blooded murder of three people.
Any attempt at muzzling the democratic dissent and voices of the people will not be tolerated by the people’s movements. The onus for safety of Akhil Gogoi and Mukut lies completely on the Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi, who is constitutionally bound to defend the democratic rights of the social movements and activists.
Medha Patkar, Sandeep Pandey, Roma, Prafulla Samantara, Suniti S R, Rajendra Ravi, Bhupendera Singh Rawat, Madhuresh Kumar
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