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Akhil pens darker side of struggle

- Book released in Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec. 23: The six-year anti-foreigners movement had led to the perpetration of many inhumane and barbaric atrocities in Assam, besides the massacre at Nellie.

Bidexi Xomosya Aru Jatiyo Andolonar Poth, a book by Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi, has revealed many alleged darker sides of the agitationthat continued from 1979 to 1984.

After the release of the book here today, Akhil said a section of protesters took the law into their hands by setting up jails and imposing fines in cash, social boycott and even killing those who expressed disagreement.

He criticised the movement and said nearly 67 people with a Left ideology were eliminated secretly during the movement. “There were many instances when bombs were thrown at the houses and the offices of Left leaders. These leaders were targeted, as they did not participate in the movement because of ideological differences. I have tried to analyse how the social insult and killing of Left leaders had exposed the Fascist character of the movement,” Akhil said.

The book also dwelled upon how the agitation took on a communal colour in the course of time, which resulted in the massacre at Nellie in 1983.

Akhil said the Nellie incident, which claimed 2,000 lives, was considered one of the worst communal riots that India witnessed after Independence.

“A particular community was targeted by the agitators. Unless we talk about the darker sides, it is difficult to draw a logical conclusion of the movement and learn lessons for the future,” Akhil said.

The book, which has 16 chapters, treats the problem of illegal migration and Assam movement from various perspectives.

It talks about the origin and roots of migration, the magnitude of the problem, background of Assam movement, the role of the governments in Delhi and Dispur, analysis of the Assam Accord, details about detection and deportation of illegal migrants from Assam so far, political and technical difficulties in detection of migrants and how to find a solution.

“Despite my hectic social life, I managed time to study the problem of illegal migration, which has been reflected in my book. It can be a reference book on the Assam movement and the problem of illegal migration,” Akhil said.