By Debananda Medak
Guwahati: Anti-CAA protester and Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) executive president Manash Konwar was released from Guwahati Central Jail on Tuesday.
After coming out from the jail premises, Konwar said, “Even in our absence, the people of Assam have been protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in various forms and capacity. Now it is time to resume the street protests to resist the imposition of the draconian act.”
Stressing to protect the coal beds, national parks and sanctuaries and other mineral bodies of the state, the student leader said, “The state government has been creating fear and panic in the name of Covid-19. However, at the same time, the government has been conspiring to auction the natural resources located in the state to a few private corporate. It must be resisted and stopped.”
After coming out from the jail premises, Konwar and other members of the SMSS and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti were supposed to visit the resident of anti-CAA martyr Late Same Stafford at Hatigaon here. However, keeping in mind the imposed lockdown and the Covid-19 protocols, the schedule was temporarily deferred.
The NIA Court granted the bail plea of Konwar on Monday. However, since the jail premises was declared as containment zone due to the outbreak of the pandemic coronavirus, the releasing of the SMSS leader became a subject to be scrutinised by the Kamrup metro district administration. Hence, it consequently delayed his release that sparked a wave of criticism from across the state.
He was imprisoned in the 13/19 case of the Chandmari police station which was later shifted to the NIA.
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