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Bandh hits normal life in Assam
Published on 26 Jun. 2011 12:03 AM IST
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Normal life was affected in Assam on Saturday following a 12-hour bandh called by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in protest against the arrest of RTI activist Akhil Gogoi.
No untoward incident had been reported so far, official said.
There was, however, no impact of the ‘Assam bandh’ in the Barak Valley districts in southern Assam and Dhubri district in the Brahmaputra valley.
Commercial places, financial institutions, educational institutions and several private offices remained closed.
All long distance vehicles, including private buses, were off the road, while a skeleton city bus service of the state owned ASTC plied in Guwahati.
Flights operated as usual though the Northeast Frontier Railway cancelled five pairs of trains today and tomorrow due to “unavoidable reason”.
Akhil Gogoi, leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti was yesterday arrested in connection with the Dispur clash in which three persons were killed.
In upper Assam’s Jorhat a huge rally was taken out by the Youth Congress supporting Akhil Gogoi’s arrest and opposing the KMSS bandh.
GBC lodge protest against authority
Guwahati Press Club (GBC) has lodged a protest against the authority and police in Assam against the way RTI activist Akhil Gogoi was arrested from the campus of the press club on June 24 at around 2.50pm.
In a letter to Tarun Gogoi, chief minister of Assam, GBC secretary, Nava Thakuria stated that tThe secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti was picked up by the police in the middle of a hurried press conference organized by the organization in GBC auditorium.
The club felt the that Akhil Gogoi should have been allowed to complete the press meet as there was no unwanted incident taking place in the campus and later he could have been arrested outside the campus of the Press Club.
The club said Akhil Gogoi booked the space in the Press Club auditorium Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a press conference and arrived the premises by 2.10 pm and had some food in the canteen. “For some reasons, best known to the activist only, he rushed to the auditorium by 2.30 pm and abruptly started his press conference” the club said adding most of the reporters were even outside the auditorium at that moment.
The club further stated that a few police personnel accompanied by a magistrate arrived in the premises and marched to the auditorium defying the request made by the Press Club employees and member-journalists not to proceed. Akhil Gogoi while he was addressing the media.
The club clarified that it did not have any intention to safeguard anybody against the law or prevent the arrest of Akhil Gogoi, but the club expressed its expectation that he was allowed to finish the press conference and avoid the campus while arresting him

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