Prominent Assam RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi Arrested

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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 Mr Gogoi spoke at a public rally 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.

Mr Gogoi, who leads a farmers’ 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, among others.

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

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