GUWAHATI, April 10 � Strongly condemning peasant leader Akhil Gogoi�s detention in Guwahati, the Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG) today questioned the role of the district administration in this regard.
Supporting Gogoi�s protest against corruption, SGBG activists led by its president Dhiren Baruah and vice-president Ajoy Dutta, gheraoed the Panbazar police station.
Questioning the role of the police department and the district administration, Baruah said that the police is supposed to follow the law of the land and not the instructions of the political bosses. However, he also appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace and register their moral protest in a democratic manner.
�In the entire episode, the role of police and district administration was not impartial. They should at no cost fail the people. Our democratic rights should be preserved at any cost. We all should unite and register our protest against corruption,� Baruah told The Assam Tribune.
He also appealed to all the voters of the 64 constituencies going for polls tomorrow to exercise their political right and choose honest and dedicated candidates, who are willing to work for the common people.
�Voting is not just our right, but it is also our biggest responsibility in a democratic system. It is us who decide who would take decisions and implement policies on our behalf for the next five years,� Baruah said.
The Assam State Council of Communist Party of India, through a press statement condemned the detention of KMSS secretary Akhil Gogoi.
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), while condemning the incident alleged that the Tarun Gogoi Government can go up to any extent to curb the voices against corruption.
The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) expressing solidarity with the KMSS said that the district administration�s action against a non-political peasant leader is strongly condemnable. A statement from the youth organisation also questioned as to why no action was taken when the big political leaders violated the code of conduct ahead of elections.
The Asom Yuba Parishad also deplored the administration�s action, saying that the State Government had once again exposed its fascist character by detaining Akhil Gogoi. It also questioned why Congress bigwigs including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were allowed to go scot free for violations of the poll model code.