Four painters were detained by the Assam Police from the streets of Guwahati on Thursday for painting a massive portrait of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi. The painters were working on the wing wall of a bridge in the Basishta area. The graffiti was created to protest for Akhil Gogoi’s release.

 

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leaders from condemned the “fascist” BJP government after the arrest of its workers for the painting of a massive mural of its incarcerated leader Akhil Gogoi in Guwahati city earlier today.

Graffiti Artist Arrested who Painted Akhil Gogoi

The artists had been making a portrait of Akhil Gogoi in front of the Nidhi Bhawan. Then the authorities turned up and asked the artists to immediately erase the portrait. However, when they said that they had made the mural to demand his release, they were forcibly picked up and whisked off to the nearby Basistha Police Station.

 


Assam based Anga Art Collective works with a range of practices and methods from life in the context of Northeast India. The collective imagines itself as time rather than a place and look at the notion of Institution and art as socio-pedagogical limitations to overcome.

As per Reports, all the artists- Dhruba Jit, Pranjal Kalita, and Rahul, who belonged to ‘Anga Art Collective,’ were picked up by police officials from Basistha Police Station.

The peasant leader was arrested on December 12 in 2019 for allegedly inciting violence during the anti-CAA stir. He was later handed over to NIA, and a court sent him to 10 days custody of the agency on December 17. He was taken to New Delhi the same day for questioning.

Gogoi was brought back to Guwahati on December 25 and has been in judicial custody ever since.

However, the official cleared that they have been summoned and not arrested.

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