Akhil Gogoi Gets Judicial Custody
Akhil Gogoi, an RTI activist and peasant leader from Assam, who has been behind bars for 30 days in connection with various police cases, was remanded to 4-day judicial custody.
Gogoi was arrested from the office of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti in Guwahati on October 2. The arrest was on the charges of initiating protests during an eviction drive in Kaziranga, which had led to the death of two persons.
After he secured judicial remand in the Kaziranga case, he was taken into custody by Lakhimpur police for protesting against an under-construction dam of the National Hydel Power Corporation at Gerukamukh, near Lakhimpur.
Speaking to reporters, Gogoi said he was being kept behind bars as he had been building protest against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Act 2016, which will give citizenship to oppressed minorities from neighbouring countries.
The verbal row over the proposed law has worsened communal tension over there. It is clear that BJP and its outfits want to make it a communal issue. Two days earlier, Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma declared that Muslim immigrants are their enemy.