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Prominent Assam RTI activist arrested
September 14, 2017
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Guwahati: Assam’s well-known RTI activist and farmers’ leader Akhil Gogoi was on Wednesday arrested for his alleged role in instigating people to take up arms, police said.

The development took place a day after Gogoi spoke at a public rally on Tuesday and said that they would go for use of arms on non-fulfillment of their demands and are ready to use ‘hangdangs’ (swords used by the Ahom Kings) and AK-47s in their movement against the government.

Gogoi, who leads an farmer’s body called Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, had been a vocal critic of the state’s BJP-led government and agitating against its policies on various issues like the government’s move to amend the Citizenship Act, 2016, non-implementation of Assam Accord, not providing constitutional rights and protection of indigenous people, construction of Lower Subansiri hydro power dam etc.

Police, however, said that on receipt of the FIR, Officer in charge of Moran PS in Dibrugarh district registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and investigation is on in this regard.

Separately, the Assam Police will probe allegations by a teacher in the state’s Morigaion district that she was being forced by two of her senior colleagues to eat beef and convert to other religion, an official said on Wednesday.

Morigaon Deputy Commissioner Hamen Das said that two inquiries have been ordered into the allegations.

“We have asked the Inspector of Schools to carry out an academic probe regarding the teacher whether she is regular or not. We have also asked the Superintendent of Police to inquire into the allegations about forcing her to eat beef and for conversion. We are taking the matter seriously as the allegations are of criminal nature,” he said.

The teacher, a resident of Sonapur in Kamrup district, had written to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, saying her complaints to the block education officer and to the Deputy Commissioner failed to draw any action.

She said that she has stopped going to the school for quite some time now due to fear and mental pressure she had been undergoing.

Indo-Asian News Service

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