Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi said that he will be launching an indefinite hunger strike in jail from March 1, as a protest movement against the BJP-led Government’s Citizenship Amendment Act.
Gogoi shouted to the gathering of media people outside the court and said that he along with other imprisoned KMSS leaders- Dharjya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal and Manash Konwar will launch a hunger strike within the jail premises to “ensure the victory of the Andolan” against CAA.
Gogoi and other imprisoned KMSS leaders were produced at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on February 25. They said that the fight against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will continue and have asked people to continue with the agitation.
Meanwhile, a group of people gathered in front of the Court demanding the KMSS leader’s release from jail. Raising slogans such as “Joi Aai Axom” (glory to mother Assam) and “CAA baatil koriboye lagibo” (CAA must be scrapped), the peasant leaders’ followers raised a commotion outside the station.
The arrest of Gogoi has drawn condemnation from various organizations taking part in the struggle against the CAA.
Gogoi was arrested by Assam police on December 12, 2019, in Jorhat a day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in Parliament.
He was arrested for inciting violence through his organization KMSS and also for having links with Naxalite–Maoist rebels.
Meanwhile, the demand for the release of peasants’ leader Akhil Gogoi has reached Paris, France. The supporters of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief have recently put up huge banners in front Eiffel Tower in Paris clamouring his immediate release.