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KMSS trains guns on Gogoi

Guwahati, Dec. 13: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti today dragged chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s name into a corruption case allegedly involving sitting Congress legislator Enamul Haque Laskar.

Haque, the prime accused the multicrore-rupee scam in the irrigation department, was the officer-on-special duty (OSD) in the department when central funds of Rs 270 crore was allegedly misappropriated during 2009-2010. He is currently an MLA from Sonai constituency in Cachar district.

KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi told reporters that lack of courage and conviction on the part of the chief minister to arrest a corrupt MLA like Haque had been “thoroughly exposed”. He questioned why police have not yet arrested Haque even after his name was found in the suicide note of an irrigation department employee.

Mothur Chandra Nath, the head accountant of the department who committed suicide at his residence in Tezpur last month, had blamed Haque for allegedly driving him to end his life.

Nath had alleged that before the Assembly elections in 2011, he was forced by Haque to collect huge amounts of cash from contractors working for the irrigation department to fund election expenses. The deceased said the contractors were demanding their money back but Haque was not responding to these demands.

Haque on Tuesday said he was not involved in the scam and did not know Nath.

“The KMSS will not spare Haque and we will continue our protest till he is arrested. The chief minister is now afraid that if Haque is arrested he will be exposed about his involvement in corruption in the irrigation department. Tarun Gogoi is totally involved in the corruption in the department,” Gogoi said.

“Chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s name will always be associated with the scams in the irrigation department if he does not show the courage to arrest corrupt Enamul Haque,” he said.

Akhil Gogoi said the KMSS would hit the streets across the state to press the demand for Haque’s arrest.