After KMSS Chief Akhil Gogoi denied bail by Gauhati High Court, three leaders of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti Dharjya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal, and Manash Konwar have observed a 48-hour hunger strike amidst the Bhogali Bihu demanding to scrap the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and to release the peasant leader Akhil Gogoi.
They have observed the hunger strike since Wednesday night at Chachal in Sixmile. Assam is busy celebrating Uruka, while the KMSS leaders are protesting against the government for not releasing their co-leader Akhil Gogoi who was in jail since December 12, 2019, allegedly having a link with the Maoists.
Last year,The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leaders was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Guwahati on January 16th, 2020.
KMSS leaders Bitu Sonowal and Dharjya Konwar were produced before the NIA special court last year. They were in 10-day custody of the Central agency. The NIA court in Guwahati sent Sonowal and Konwar to the custody of the central investigating agency on January 8th, 2020.
The peasant’s organisation has been vocal against the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act.
Sonowal and Konwar were arrested on January 7th, 2020. Earlier on December 13th, 2019, police arrested both of them in a case registered against them with the Dispur police. Later, on December 16th, 2020, they were released by a local court on bail but a team of police Basistha police arrested the duo again on the same day.
It may be mentioned that on December 26th, 2019, the NIA court sent the KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi to jail.