I am not a threat to national security: Akhil Gogoi

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GUWAHATI, Sept 26: “I am not a threatening for the national security. But I have been booked under National Security Act (NSA) because I have been vocal against communal BHP and RSS for the past days,” the arrested peasant leader and advisor of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi on Tuesday said in a statement.

“Within this period, the BJP led government will bring 1.90 crore Bangladeshis to Assam. Moreover, they will go ahead with the big dam project,” Gogoi said and added, “My offence was to criticise the government for its anti-people policies.”

On the other hand, Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia condemned the detention of Gogoi under NSA and said that it was not acceptable to the people of the state. “The government should withdraw the cases against Gogoi under NSA,” Saikia said.

Gogoi was detained under NSA on Monday when he was produced before the court of Dibrugarh District and Session Judge and brought to Nagaon.

“A total of 12 cases have been put into the Nagaon SP’s report to accuse him under the NSA. While some cases were registered in Guwahati and Jakhalabanda town, some others were picked from Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Golaghat, etc. None of the cases are new but have been included to accuse him of instigating against the state for some time,” Gogoi’s lawyer Pranjal Gogoi said.

“Due to the new allegations, the Dibrugarh sessions court couldn’t have given bail to Gogoi in the sedition case. So he was rearrested under the new charges and sent back to Dibrugarh jail. Now, the home department will form a three-member advisory council which will ask Gogoi to present himself before it,” he said.

“If the council deems it to be a fit case for the NSA, we have to make a representation at the Gauhati High Court. Though the state government is yet to form the council, we have begun preparing our representation to it on Gogoi’s behalf,” he added.

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