GUWAHATI, May 24 � Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) general secretary Akhil Gogoi was shifted to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) along with his associate Hasiram Deka in the wee hours today following deterioration of their health condition. Gogoi has been observing fast since May 19 in support of his demand for abandoning all the mega dam projects proposed in Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.
According to a KMSS press statement here, the authorities forcefully shifted Gogoi and Deka to the GMCH around 3 am today frustrating the resistance offered by the KMSS and India Against Corruption members.
The KMSS alleged that the police party went against the Supreme Court order and violated all the set human rights norms and entered the venue of Gogoi�s fast after 12 in the night. The police party did not spare even the tender-aged son of Gogoi, the Samiti alleged.
At the hospital, Gogoi was made to sit in the emergency ward for about five hours since 3-30 am, even though he was forcefully shifted to the hospital on the plea of his being suffering from severe melina. The doctors forcefully applied saline drip on Gogoi. But, significantly, the laboratory of the hospital informed later on that Gogoi was not suffering from melina, the Samiti claimed in its statement.
Members of the KMSS today blocked the National Highway at various places of Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Nagaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Darrang, Sonitpur etc districts.
In the city, the KMSS members blocked the National Highway at the Gorchuk area for about two hours. Police lathi charge on the KMSS protestors resulted in injuries to several of the protestors. Police also resorted to lathi charge, lobbing of tear gas shells and blank fire in Kaziranga area. KMSS has alleged that five of its members were arrested in Kaziranga area due to the police action. The KMSS members also resorted to road blockade at Titabor today.
Our Kohora correspondent adds: Many persons were injured when members of KMSS started pelting stones on civil and police officials who were trying to convince the protestors blocking NH-37 at Hatikhuli to call off their agitation, today evening.