Renowned RTI activist and farmers’ leader in Assam Akhil Gogoi was on Wednesday arrested for allegedly “instigating the common people to take up arms”. The police have slapped sedition charge against him.
The development took place a day after the anti-corruption campaigner Gogoi spoke about armed struggle at a public rally. He said people from the state would be forced to take up arms if the government is paying attention to their demands.
According to police, Akhil Gogoi, who is a leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee and Former United Liberation Front of Assam militant Jiten Dutta who was also present during the event at Moran, “instigated the common people to wage war against the nation and also delivered speeches against communal harmony. They also announced that they would use arms to fulfil their demands including hangdangs (machetes) and AK-47 rifles”.
Gogoi is also believed to have spoken against Hindu migrants from Bangladesh “being forced upon Assam.”
Gogoi 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.
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.
Police said a case under sections 120(B), 121, 124(A), 109, 153 and 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code was registered. IPC Section 121 deals with “waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India”. Punishment under this section is death or life imprisonment.