| Members of KMSS stage a demonstration in front of Chandmari police station on Wednesday. Picture by Eastern Projections |
Guwahati, Jan. 12: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi today claimed that he was facing a threat to his life, prompting supporters to lay siege to Chandmari police station this afternoon demanding adequate security for their leader.
Akhil lodged a written complaint at the police station stating that around 2am some unknown persons had tried to barge into his residence at Nizarapar in the city. He said they called out his name and asked him to come out.
“When I did not respond fearing for life, they kicked the entrance gate of my house and tried to break the lock. One of them also identified himself as a policeman,” Akhil said, adding, “I also heard sirens blaring”.
He said the commotion continued for half-an-hour before they dispersed from the spot. He said some of his neighbours, who had stepped out of their houses on hearing the noises, told him that they were in police uniform.
As news of the incident spread, Gogoi’s supporters took out a procession from Chandmari flyover to Chandmari police station.
They staged a demonstration in front of the police station for about an hour, demanding action against the culprits and adequate security for Gogoi.
The police registered a case (number 22/2011) based on Akhil’s complaint and assured him that they would conduct an inquiry into the incident.
“We have registered a case of trespassing and criminal intimidation and investigation is continuing,” a police officer said.
He said Akhil’s security had been tightened after he levelled allegations of corruption against influential persons, including chief minister Tarun Gogoi and some of his cabinet colleagues.
“We had provided him three personal security officers (PSOs) who were with him last night, but Gogoi did not allow them to come out of the house,” the police source said.
He said preliminary inquiry had revealed that a police patrol party led by sub-inspector H. Phukan of Chandmari police station had gone towards Akhil’s residence. “We are trying to find out whether they were involved in the incident,” he said.
Gogoi claims there is a threat to his life as he has raised his voice against corruption.