AGP, AASU protest police lathicharge on farmers
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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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