Guwahati: On Wednesday, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi claimed that Maoists and anti-talk faction of ULFA were concerned in the agitation against the construction of a hydro-electric project in Lakhimpur district.
Gogoi told to the reporters that “Maoists, anti-talk faction of ULFA and other extremist groups are involved in the protest. Maoists are helping the Krishak Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti (KMSS), which is spearheading the stir.”
He said that “Paresh Baruah (anti-talk ULFA leader) does not want progress of Assam. Agitators do not want development of the state…they want prices of essentials to rise and scarcity of food items.”
Replying to the Chief Minister’s statement, KMSS General Secretary Akhil Gogoi said that “Tarun Gogoi’s claim will only help Maoists and ULFA to establish them in Assam”.
“People are being regularly attacked when they raise fear that the mega dams will bring more misery to their lives as they are dependent on rivers. Tarun Gogoi is not prepared to listen to the apprehensions of the people,” he told reporters.
Police lathicharge, explode teargas shells and fired in the air in the past two days when protestors hide stones at them at Chauldhowa as they blocked NH-52 along the border of Lakhimpur-Dhemaji districts.
The protesters continued their blockade today with thousands of people gathered there.
Five organisations KMSS, Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, Takam Mising Porin Kebang, All Tai Ahom Students Union and All Deori Students Union are at the head of the anti-dam agitation.