RTI activist released when 100,000 people came out in support

[हिंदी] Akhil Gogoi, noted Right-To-Information (RTI) activist and leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Assam, was arrested along with 100 others when addressing a press conference against corruption demanding Jan Lokpal Bill in Guwahati, Assam. Within hours, about 100,000 people poured out on the roads in support of Akhil Gogoi demanding his release. The Assam state government then released Akhil Gogoi.

When people in more than 200 cities of India were awakening up to publicly take a stand against corruption, the same phenomenon was happening in Assam. The difference was that in Assam, the state government came down with a heavy hand arresting peaceful protesters like Akhil Gogoi. Even the state government of Assam wouldn't have expected that hundred thousand citizens will come out demanding Akhil's release within hours from his arrest.

Akhil Gogoi was arrested along with 100 others including 50 women and was taken to Police Station Panbazar, Guwahati, Assam. He was released after few hours when people power made the government pay heed to civil society's voice.

The National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers of India (NFFPFW) have condemned this incident, according to a statement sent by Roma, representing NAPM and NFFPFW.


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  1. "Right to Information activist and farmers' leader Akhil Gogoi was released from judicial custody on Thursday night. Mr Gogoi, who was undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), was granted bail by the Gauhati High Court on Wednesday.

    A high drama preceded his release as a strong posse of police force was deployed at the GMCH premises and his lawyers claimed that the police was conspiring to arrest him again immediately in some fresh cases.

    Mr. Gogoi was arrested in connection with June 22 violence that broke out near the State Secretariat here during a protest programme led by him under the banner of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) against eviction of hill settlers of the city. Immediately after his release Mr. Gogoi, while coming out of GMCH, urged KMSS workers and supporters and the people to build up a strong resistance movement against mega hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh, including the 2000 megawatt Lower Subansiri hydel project of the National Hydropower Electric Power Corporation . He also warned both the Centre and the State against any move to transport the turbines for the hydel project through Assam."