10 injured in firing on anti-dam agitators

GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – At least 10 anti-mega dam agitators sustained injuries when the Dhemaji district police opened fire on an assembly of protestors at Thekeraguri under Boginadi Police Station of Lakhimpur district around 7.45 pm today. The Dhemaji police, led by the district Superintendent of Police, has been carrying out action against the protestors till the filing of this report, general secretary of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi alleged.
He alleged that the State Government seemed to be keen on turning the process of its discussion with the anti-mega dam agitators into a farce. Or else, there is no logical reason as to why it is applying force to facilitate transportation of huge quantities of diesel and other construction materials to the Gerukamukh site of the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP).

He also made an appeal to the anti-mega dam organisations and the people of the State to take note of this development and to unite for intensifying their agitation against the mega dams coming up in the region.

The KMSS and its allies – Takam Mising Porin Kebang, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad, All Assam Minorities Students’ Union – and the people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts had to resume their National Highway 52 blockade agitation in a stretch of around 40 km between Ghagornagar and Gogamukh this afternoon. They were protesting the administration’s bid to send five diesel tankers and several construction material-ladden trucks to the LSHEP’s Gerukamukh site.

Later, they withdrew the blockade when around 100 anti-mega dam activists detained by the Boginadi Police were released following a discussion between the leaders of the organisations spearheading the agitation and the Lakhimpur district administration.

The Dhemaji police entered the scene just when the agitators were withdrawing from the NH-52 and opened fire on them, Gogoi alleged.

Source: http://www.assamtribune.com
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