A friend and comrade of the Bhim Army leader writes about visiting him in jail.
In conversation with the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president about his time in jail under BJP rule in Assam, the issues in the state, his organisation’s plans to venture into electoral politics and more.
Dalit villagers in Shabbirpur are still hoping that the members of their community – as well as Bhim Army leader Chandrasekhar – charged under the NSA will be released.
Gogoi has been in jail since September 13 and has been charged under the National Security Act.
Gogoi has been charged of “waging war against the state” by urging people at a public rally to pick up guns.
First arrested by the state police on charges of sedition, Gogoi was rearrested under the National Security Act by the BJP-led state government on September 25.
Gogoi was accused by the state police of instigating the public to take up arms against the government at a rally held in Moran town near Dibrugarh on September 12.
The three accused were arrested over the last two weeks following a police raid after a tip-off about alleged cow slaughter.
Activists question the tough action against the Bhim Army when several members of the dominant castes have been let off the hook.
Opposition leaders and opponents say the move is a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent.