| KMSS activists gherao the DC’s office in Golaghat on Monday. Picture by Ritupallab Saikia |
Golaghat, Aug. 19: More than 500 activists of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Golaghat district unit, today demanded the arrest and suspension of additional deputy commissioner Krishna Barua for her alleged role in the payment of land revenue to the Nagaland government against 250 bighas of arable land in the Gorbasti area of Merapani.
The agitators first gathered at the Golaghat general field and then proceeded towards deputy commissioner Julie Sonowal’s office and gheraoed it.
The protesters, including women, raised slogans like “Krishna Barua go back” and “We want justice”. Asam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad and All Assam Scheduled Caste Students Union also took part in the rally and severely criticised the failure of the Assam government in protecting the border.
The agitators were also protesting police inaction against gaonbura (village head) Bhodo Chutia, who went to Mikirang Basti in Nagaland to pay the land revenue.
Addressing the gathering, Ratan Dao, joint-secretary of KMSS, Golaghat unit, said: “Tarun Gogoi should not consider Assam’s land as his paternal inheritance and should not think that he is free to offer it generously to whomever he wants.”
Later, deputy commissioner Sonowal called a delegation of the agitators to her office. In the discussion, Sonowal assured the delegation that a probe would be ordered into the land revenue matter and appropriate action will be taken against gaonbura Bhado Chutia. She also gave an order relieving additional deputy commissioner Krishna Barua from border-related work, with immediate effect.
The agitators also gheraoed the PWD office, demanding the construction and repair of Jamuguri-Borpathar road and submitted a memorandum to the executive engineer.