By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: Though the peasants in Panjab have a different tale altogether, the majority of peasants and its leaders are still poor and dependent on others’ help in Assam.
Probing the above hypothesis, Assam’s peasant organisation, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Thursday cried for public donation to intensify the legal fight at the Gauhati High Court for releasing its leader Akhil Gogoi.
KMSS president Vasko D Saikia said, “We have to hire senior legal experts from the Supreme Court to fire up the legal fight at the Gauhati High Court for releasing our leader Akhil Gogoi. We need a huge fund to pay the lawyers’ honorarium. But, we are emptied. Please help us. Or else, Akhil Gogoi will languish in jail for uncertain years.”
Akhil Gogoi, one of the key anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protesters, has been languishing in Guwahati Central Jail since December 12. He was arrested for his alleged involvement in violent protests against the CAA. Earlier, in the same case, other anti-CAA leaders Manash Konwar, Bitu Sonowal and Dharya Konwar were granted bail.
Appealing the likeminded people, including clubs and other socio-cultural organisations, of the state for extending donation, Saikia said, “We have to pay Rs 3 to 4 lakh against each hearing to the Supreme Court lawyers. So we appeal every likeminded people, various clubs and indigenous organisations to come forward and extend donation to intensify the legal fight for releasing Akhil Gogoi at the earliest.”
The peasant leader alleged that the ruling BJP and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) have been conspiring to imprison Gogoi for uncertain years. “The indigenous Assamese have always been a fighters’ community. We still possess this spirit. Maintaining this courage, we must resist and fight against the BJP as well as NIA. We should not be frightened,” Saikia said.
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