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Akhil on indefinite hunger strike in Guwahati

Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi is on an indefinite hunger strike in Guwahati from Saturday alleging inhuman torture on mega dam activists in Lakhimpur district.

The KMSS leader who has been spearheading the protest against the NHPC-owned mega dam in Gurukamukh started his indefinite hunger strike at Dighalipukhri from Saturday morning. At least seven organizations have supported Gogoi on Saturday demanding immediate release of 27 anti mega dam activists detained by police in Lakhimpur. Along with Akhil's hunger strike, activists of nine organisations, including Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts will also prevent movement of construction material for the 2000-MW Lower Subansiri hydro-electric project from Saturday.

Akhil claimed that the recent crackdown on the activists was carried out with the motive of facilitating transportation of construction materials to the project site in Arunachal Pradesh.

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