Assam: Akhil alleges ‘shabby treatment’; lodges complaint in Assembly
Jailed anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) activist and Raijor Dal president, Akhil Gogoi alleged that he was “herded inside a broken bus like an animal and pushed/pulled by security men, defying all COVID protocols” while he was taken to the Assembly premises from Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Friday morning.
“This (an MLA allegedly being treated shabbily) is an insult to the entire Assamese people…at a time when the state is plagued by COVID-19 and with the SOPs in place, how can someone push and pull me like this inside the Assembly,” the 45-year-old Gogoi shouted when a team attired in PPE kits, along with security personnel, led him into the Assembly premises.
He further warned the BJP government, saying, “At a time when the government should create awareness against COVID-19 and go for universal vaccination…. how can you mete out such treatment? I was held by my trouser belt and pulled inside the Assembly premises….But I have in the meantime lodged a complaint.”
The RTI activist further demanded that the government should provide a minimum monthly compensation of Rs 5000 to people who depend on daily trade/work/ labour and have been affected by the COVID induced curfew/partial lockdown.
Later, Rupjyoti Kurmi, a Congress MLA from Mariani, a seat which Akhil decided not to contest, condemned the treatment meted out to the Sibsagar MLA, which he said was an insult to the mandate of the people (of Sibsagar) who elected him as their representative.
(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)
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