In a move that runs into a hail of statewide protest the Guwahati police have booked Dr Hiren Gohain along with two social activists 3 days after they allegedly made highly objectionable speech as they attended a rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Latasheel police station have filed a suo moto case of sedition charge against the noted intellectual fuellung the situation. Dr Gohain in a statement has denied making any statement which is fit for sedition charges under the various section if IPC.
AGP, Congress along with many organizations and individuals have criticized the government for the step against Dr Gohain.
AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta called it shameful while CongressleaderTarun Gogoi lambasts the government for imposing sedition charge against Dr Gohain.
There are still 42 injured persons taking treatment at different hospitals in lower Assam districts afterthe lathi-charged incident at Salakati railway station in Kokrajhar on Thursday.
Police has been kept 11 agitators on their custody since Thursday.
On the other hand, ABMSU demands early released of detained persons without any condition in earliest manner.
At least 60 people, including 10 police personnel were injured when a rail blockade call given by All Bodoland Minority Students Union (ABMSU) turned violent at Salakati railway station in Kokrajhar district on Thursday. ABMSU members attempted rail blockades in the two districts prompting police action leading to scuffles between the two sides. Still today, 42 injure persons are taking medical treatment at various hospitals, apart from Kokrajhar RNB civil, Basugaon PHC, Kajalgaon JSB civil hospital and Bongaigaon Lower Assam hospital. Seven of them said to be critical, are going under treatment at Bongaigaon Lower Assam hospital.
In Kokrajhar, three are taking treatment, identified as Kheramot Ali (48),Rahim Khan(39) and Mansur Ali(28).Police detained yesterday 46 protestors from Salakati rail station. However, 35 persons were by late evening and kept 11 under police custody at Kokrajhar PS.
Meanwhile,ABMSU termed that atrocities on agitators by police was unwanted and condemned.The ABMSU was on democratic movement seeking justice to the Lafikul Islam Ahmed murder case,but police suddenly jumped to resorted for lathi-charged,which led to received serious injuries of protestors.
The ABMSU demanded early released of detained persons without any condition and urged the government to make medical facilities to injured persons in the incident.
All banks across Assam along with the other parts of the country are heavily busy with responding to the customers who have been making long queue to change the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 demoninatios following the RBI directives.
Customers thronged in thousands in the bank premises from early in the morning to get their demonitions changed from Thursday. In many places the bank officials found it difficult to function normally in the face of the irate customers who clashed with each other.
“We are busy with the task of changing the demonitions. We have to complete it within a next couple of days. But we find it difficult. A section of the customers lacks patience and have clashed with each other disrupting the normal functionings,” said a SBI official in Dispur.
Bank officials in many places have deployed security forces to bring the situation under control.
Notably, the Reserve Bank of India has asked the customers to get their Rs 500 and Rs 1000 demoniations changed by December 30.
Kunti Bora, a simple woman from Nagaon formed 22 self help groups encompassing hundreds of women in 6 districts of Assam. Lalthanzami from Mizoram, a victim of domestic violence, set up a piggery project to help other violence affected women of her region. Prosper Marak, from Meghalaya brought together the youths of Garo Hills to stop illegal coal mining and deforestation. These are but a few names in a long list of extraordinary people who lead silent crusades for positive change in North East India.
To further the cause of such changemakers, a campaign has been launched on 17th February, which begins from North East India, but reaches outwards on a global scale.
Foundation for Social Transformation (FST), a non-profit organisation of North East India, announces the launch of its North East Rising Campaign. This campaign is an effort by FST to re-energize the spirit of giving in the region for the development and peace of the region. It is an initiative to garner people’s support from the region as well as around the world by crowdfunding financial support for 7 grassroot changemakers from North East India. “Community giving is an age old tradition in North East where the community has always pitched in with whatever they can to support those in their community who are facing a calamity or hard times for any reason. North East Rising Campaign is a novel way to re-energise this custom in an organised manner. ” said Gayatri Buragohain, Executive Director of FST. FST will choose 7 grassroot changemakers from 7 states and provide them financial support as well as capacity building needed in their work for one year.
North East is a colourful mosaic of rich natural and human resources, and unique social and cultural practices of a variety of indigenous communities. However, owing to the challenges of being regarded as a frontier region and to the decades of conflict that the region has faced, North East has suffered immense loss of resources and lagged behind from the rest of India in many development indices. Through its work over the last 6 years, FST has met many amazing grassroot changemakers who have been working selflessly for their community with the little means that they have. FST believes that through a little financial support, the work of such changemakers can be scaled up by many folds and they will emerge as the new leaders of the North East who will be pioneers of peace building too.
FST is convinced that people’s support in a very small way can amplify the results and bring positive change for the region. Since its beginning in 2008, FST has given grants to 54 partners from all the 7 sister states of North East. To join this movement log on to www.northeastrising.org. Mail FST at email@example.com for any questions or call 9435553373.