Guwahati: Police baton-charged and tear-gassed
supporters of Opposition parties to prevent them from entering
Assam secretariat during their `Dispur Chalo` rally here to
protest against the multi-crore rupees scam in N C Hills
District Autonomous Council and price rise.
Official sources said several political party supporters,
including women, were injured in the police action.
The batoncharge and teargassing took place when over 4000
agitators attempted to break the barricades put up by the
police and CRPF and enter the high-security Dispur area led by
the main opposition party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
Other opposition parties the BJP, AUDF, CPI and CPI-M too
participated in the rally.
They held an impromptu public meeting when they were not
allowed to proceed and the leaders included among others, AGP
president Chandra Mohan Patowary, his predecessor Prafulla
Kumar, BJP president Ranjit Dutta, AUDF president Badruddin
Ajmal and state CPI leader Promode Gogoi.
One person was killed and 27 AGP workers from Morigaon
district were injured when their bus turned turtle near
Khanapara here as they were proceeding for the rally, police