KMSS President Akhil Gogoi arrested

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) President and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi has been arrested by the Assam Police for allegedly abetting and entering into a criminal conspiracy leading to self-immolation by a person here last week.

Gogoi was arrested from his residence in Guwahati during the wee hours on Sunday. Five other KMSS members were also arrested. Later, Gogoi and five others were remanded to police custody for four days by the chief judicial magistrate. While the police had registered a case on its own, four FIRs were lodged by individual citizens.

The arrest triggered state-wide protest with supporters of the KMSS blocking roads and railway tracks, prompting police to cane them. National highways across many districts, including Sivasagar, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup Rural and Sonitpur, were blocked, although most of the agitations subsided after Gogoi asked supporters not to call for an ‘Assam bandh’.

State roads were also blocked in many parts of Assam. In Guwahati, some protesters blocked a few roads by burning tyres, but were cleared immediately by the police.

In Rangiya, the road link between India and Bhutan was blocked by KMSS activists. Effigies of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Guwahati Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Prakash Tiwari were burnt.

Meanwhile, Gogoi’s advocate Bijon Mahajan told reporters that a complaint has been filed under the directive of the chief judicial magistrate on the allegation of Gogoi’s wife that the police damaged property in the house while arresting him.

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