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Farmers’ body in league with Maoists: Gogoi

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said the farmers’ body that spearheaded the movement in favour of hilly settlers had links with Maoists in other states.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2011 00:03 IST
Digambar Patowary

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said the farmers’ body that spearheaded the movement in favour of hilly settlers had links with Maoists in other states.

The chief minister’s comment on the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) was in connection with violence on June 22 near Guwahati. When the KMSS had taken out a rally to protest against the eviction of settlers from hilly areas, clashes broke out between the police and supporters of the farmers’ body. KMSS activists set ablaze vehicles of the police and private cars. Three persons were killed in police firing and more than 50 injured.

Gogoi said the KMSS tried to generate support and carried out attacks on the police in the way Maoist outfits did.

“Two KMSS activists trained by Maoists in Jharkhand were arrested by the police,” said Gogoi, adding the KMSS was in league with the United Liberation Front of Asom’s (Ulfa’s) two frontal organisations — Assam Chatra Yubak Sangathan and Chah Janajati Suraksha Committee.

“Why was Ulfa commander-in-chief Paresh Barua quick to react on Akhil Gogoi’s (activist) arrest? Why does Ulfa support the KMSS? This is because Ulfa has cordial relations with it,” Gogoi said.