BHRPC to hold demonstration on Akhil Gogoi

The Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) along with other fifteen mass organisations, which came together to fight against corruption and injustices in Barak Valley (Assam), including Asom Mozuri Sramik Union, Kishan Bikash Samiti, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Center for Integrated Rural Development, Choras, Shwaviman, Srikona Club, Kalpataru Club etc. will hold demonstration in front of the Office of the District Magistrate of Cachar at Silchar on 1 July 2011 to register their protest against unjustified arrest of Mr. Akhil Gogoi, General Secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti by the Assam Police on 24 June, 2011 in connection with his alleged role in the incident of 22 June, 2011. The landless settlers in various forest areas on the periphery of the city of Guwahati held demonstration on 22 June, 2011 in protest against the government’s decision to evict them from their homes. The demonstration apparently turned violent on the provocation of law enforcement officials and resulted in death of three persons including an innocent child. Many other persons sustained serious injurious. The organisations will also file a joint memorandum to the District Magistrate addressed to the Prime Minister of India with copies to other authorities including the Chief Minister of Assam demanding immediate release of Mr. Gogoi, prompt and impartial enquiry into the incident by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and immediate payment of an adequate amount of money as ex-gratia to the family members of the deceased and adequate compensation to the injured.

BHRPC thinks it is an act of violation of human rights to keep a person in custody or in detention without any conviction or any reasonable cause. BHRPC believes, as the circumstances indicate, the reasons for arrest of Mr. Gogoi is his work as the general secretary of KMSS. Mr. Gogoi is a prominent human rights defender, right to information activist and a crusader against corruption  in the state. His human rights and RTI work and protest against anti-people and repressive government policies tend to expose the government before national and international communities and cause embarrassment. The government of Assam can not be trusted by the people to conduct an impartial investigation into the matters. Because, it is believed, Mr. Gogoi is being victimised by the same Govt.

The incident of 22 June, 2011 must be thoroughly investigated by the CBI promptly and impartially, because people still have some faith in this organisation. The investigation must encompass the roles of police officers and other law enforcement officials. Mr. Akhil Gogoi and any other persons must not be remain and taken in custody until and unless they are found guilty of offences in a trial consistent  with the International Human Rights Standards by an independent and impartial judiciary and based on the evidence gathered in an impartial and trust-worthy investigation.

Another Separate Memorandum will also be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar regarding corruption in Public Distribution System (PDS) of Food and Civil Supply Department.

28 June, 2011, Silchar, Assam

N A Mazumder,

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