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Akhil fumes at dam arrests

Guwahati, May 20: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi today condemned the arrest of six protesters from Lakhimpur and Golaghat, who were fasting since yesterday against construction of big dams and alleged police atrocities on anti-dam activists in Lakhimpur on April 12.

Terming the arrests illegal, Gogoi said: “These arrests show that the state government is not giving any importance to the democratic movement. The arrests are illegal since they have not violated any law.”

“Only four persons fasted in Lakhimpur so that Section 144 CrPC is not violated, which bars assembly of five or more persons,” he said.

Stating that big dams would have a disastrous impact on the downstream areas of the state, Gogoi said their struggle would continue until the government stops construction of these dams.

“We will not compromise on our demands and we will spread the agitation across all districts of the state,” he said.

Gogoi accused the Tarun Gogoi government of working for the interest of the dam lobby by ignoring the interests of the people of the state.

Akhil Gogoi, who started an indefinite fast here at Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra from yesterday, also demanded the release of 19 anti-dam activists who were arrested by police in Lakhimpur on April 12.

He accused the police of committing inhuman atrocities on KMSS members and supporters in Lakhimpur district.

Representatives of nine organisations, including Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Takam Mising Porin Kebang, All-Tai Ahom Students’ Union, All-Deori Students’ Union and the All Assam Sonowal Kachari Students’ Union, are participating in the hunger strike.

The anti-dam activists have stalled construction of NHPC’s lower Subansiri dam at Gerukamukh since December 16 last year.