Four painters were picked up by the Assam Police from the streets of Guwahati on Thursday for painting a massive portrait of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi. The painters were working on the wing wall of a bridge in the Basishta area.
According to sources, all the artists- Dhruba Jit, Pranjal Kalita, and Rahul, who belonged to ‘Anga Art Collective,’ were picked up by police officials from Basistha Police Station. The mural depicted the KMSS leader raising his fist as a symbol of protest while being surrounded by men in uniform carrying lathis.
While the portrait was being painted in front of the Nidhi Bhawan, authorities turned up and asked the artists to erase it. Allegedly, the painters argued that the motto behind the mural was a demand for Gogoi’s release and will not erase it. This resulted in the officials’ forcibly whisking away the artists.
The peasant leader was arrested on December 12 in 2019 for allegedly inciting violence during the anti-CAA stir. He was later handed over to NIA, and a court sent him to 10 days custody of the agency on December 17. He was taken to New Delhi the same day for questioning.
Gogoi was brought back to Guwahati on December 25 and has been in judicial custody ever since.