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Akhil Gogoi held for Guwahati violence
Published on 25 Jun. 2011 1:02 AM IST
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Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi, accused of leading the recent violent protests in the city that claimed three lives, was on Friday arrested at the Press Club here, police said.
It was not immediately known under what section he was arrested though there were reports of him being taken into custody under the National Security Act (NSA).
The KMSS secretary was arrested when he was addressing a press conference. As a large posse of police arrived at the Press Club to arrest the KMSS leader, Gogoi continued to speak to reporters alleging that the police had attacked “innocent and peaceful protestors who were democratically demonstrating against their eviction from their homes on Wednesday”.
Altogether 10 cases, including four non-bailable ones, were registered against the KMSS leader yesterday. Gogoi has been accused of leading violent KMSS activists, in Dispur area here on Wednesday in which three persons were killed and over 50 injured.
The agitators, including many women and children, were demanding a complete halt to the eviction drive and issuing of land certificates (pattas) to the settlers. The protesters also wanted the government to allow them to stay and apply for utility services like water and electricity.
The Assam government has ordered an inquiry by Additional chief secretary Surajit Mitra into the clash.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had condemned the incident and said the rally was held on the issue of eviction of encroachers, but the government had already declared that those who had been residing on government land in Guwahati city area for more than 15 years would be given land rights. Gogoi urged the people of the state to come out peacefully to protest his arrest and along with his supporters .
Sec. 144 imposed
The authorities imposed Section 144 CrPC across Guwahati soon after the arrest of Akhil Gogoi. The move was aimed at preventing any untoward incident following the arrest with his supporters converging in the Pan Bazar police station where he was taken after arrest.
His slogan shouting supporters tried to stage demonstration in front of the police station but the police thwarted the attempt.

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