Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi on Friday was presented at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Guwahati, Assam. Gogoi, while addressing Assam at large through media urged people to launch a mass resistance movement against the present Government’s policies and said that the time for “peaceful” demonstrations should be over.
Gogoi, addressing the media outside the Court, urged the people of Assam to stage massive protests against the enactment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Lamenting that the protests against the CAA have decreased its intensity, Gogoi warned that if the people do not take to the streets again to register protests, the Assamese people would lose their identity.
Akhil Gogoi issued the following statement to the media, “Our people are being arrested…people of Assam know that. The protests are losing their intensity. Time for peaceful protests is over…now is the time to launch mass resistance to force the hand of the Government. If the protests are not carried out unitedly, the Assamese people shall be betrayed”,
Gogoi was arrested from Jorhat in Assam on December 12 last while leading a mass movement against the CAA, a day after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha.
He was taken into custody while being alleged as a Maoist. Four leaders affiliated to the farmer organization have been detained by the NIA so far apart from Gogoi. His deputy Dhairjya Konwar, and Bitu Sonowal have been booked by the NIA under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act UAPA for ‘waging war against the nation’ and accused of being a ‘Maoist’.