Akhil's bail rejected, more leaders held

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi was produced in Lakhimpur chief judicial magistrate court today in connection with three cases amidst huge protests by the group's workers.

By Vinod Kumar Singh Additional reporting by Avik Chakraborty in Dibrugarh in Dhemaji
  • Published 7.10.16
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Akhil Gogoi at the court on Thursday. Picture by Vinod Kumar Singh

Dhemaji, Oct. 6: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi was produced in Lakhimpur chief judicial magistrate court today in connection with three cases amidst huge protests by the group's workers.

Lakhimpur police brought Akhil to Lakhimpur from Nagaon last night in connection with three cases - two under Boginadi police station and one under Lakhimpur police station.

In Boginadi, Gogoi was booked for obstructing public work and for damaging public property under various sections of the IPC. In Lakhimpur, he was booked for criminal conspiracy and abetting war against government of India.

Lakhimpur superintendent of police Sudhakar Singh, talking to The Telegraph, today said police interrogated Akhil last night as well as in the morning today, after which he was produced in the CJM court in the afternoon. Singh also said Akhil's bail petition was rejected and was sent to judicial custody for 14 days. He was taken to Lakhimpur district jail.

Singh, however, declined to respond when asked why police did not arrest him earlier.

Peasant leader Akhil was arrested on October 2 from the middle of a news conference for allegedly instigating people during an eviction drive near Kaziranga National Park.

A case was registered at Jakhalabandha police station for instigating protesters during the drive last month. "After registering the case, the high court rejected his anticipatory bail and Akhil was absconding. As soon as he surfaced, police arrested him again in Guwahati," Singh added.

Akhil was arrested only in connection with the case registered at Jakhalabandha police station in Nagaon and police shifted Gogoi to Nagaon, where he was interrogated and produced in court. He was later lodged in Nagaon jail.

Speaking to reporters, Akhil said this is "a conspiracy by the government" to clear the way for the construction of big dams and appealed to continue his agitation against illegal Hindu Bangladeshis.

More arrests

#KMSS Dibrugarh district unit vice-president Bijoy Gogoi was arrested from Kenduguri under Joypur police station in Dibrugarh district for working as an Ulfa linkman and sending two youths to join the outfit.

Officer-in-charge of Joypur police station K. Bora said they arrested an Ulfa (I) cadre from Khowang two days back and on the basis of his confession, Bijoy was arrested today from Kenduguri.

A member of the KMSS's central committee and vice-president of Dibrugarh district, Kumud Gogoi, told this correspondent it was a "political conspiracy". He said they have no connection with any militant groups. "We will investigate the matter and if he is found guilty we will take action against him,'' Gogoi said.

Another KMSS member, Lakhi Phukan, founder of Niryatan Virodhi Oikya Mancha, was arrested by Dibrugarh police from Khowang yesterday. He was involved with supplying new members to Ulfa.