Non-bailable cases against RTI activist in Assam

Guwahati, Jun 24: Continuing its tough stand against award-winning RTI activist Akhil Gogoi, the Assam government filed non-bailable cases against Mr Gogoi in connection with an anti-eviction rally in Guwahati on June 22.

Ten cases, including four non-bailable cases, have been registered against him and his Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which had led the protest rally by thousands of people residing in hill areas of the city who are facing eviction for encroaching forest land.

The cases were registered at the Dispur police station last evening by the government, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) and private parties whose vehicles and property were damaged by the protestors.

Mr Gogoi is likely to be arrested later today.

However, three persons were killed and nearly 20 others, including seniorpolice officers and journalists, were injured in clashes between thestone-pelting, vandalizing protestors and police personnel, who resorted to blank firing after baton-charge and tear-gas shells failed to control the mob near Dispur on June 22.

The mob had torched three ASTC buses, besides damaging more than 100 private vehicles.

The state government has already ordered an enquiry into the incident.