AGP, AASU protest police lathicharge on farmers

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 22:09

Guwahati: The opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) today staged a walkout in the assembly in
protest against police lathicharge on activists of Krishak
Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in Dhemaji.

Terming the attack on the farmers yesterday as
"unjustified", the AGP legislators walked out of the House and
described the ruling Congress as a threat to democracy.

"We wanted to hold a discussion on the issue in the
assembly today but the Speaker disallowed it and we were left
with no other option but to stage a walkout," AGP President
Chandramohan Patowary told reporters.

The All Assam Students` Union (AASU) observed the day
as `black day`, wearing black badges, unfurling black flags
and taking out rallies throughout the state protesting against
the incident in which more than 50 people were injured.

The AASU along with several other organisations have
called a 12-hour Dhemaji and Lakhimpur bandh tomorrow to
protest against the incident.

KMSS activists had demonstrated against alleged
corruption in implementation of NREGA schemes, anomalies in
the civil supply department and demanded a halt in
construction of big dams but the demonstration turned violent
forcing the police to resort to lathicharge.
Fifty activists and seven policemen were injured in
the scuffle.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 22:09

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