Four activists and members of various factions of the Raijor Dal were apprehended by police during a midnight raid on Monday in Assam’s Sivasagar district. Manas Konwar, the leader of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti (CMSS), the student wing of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), was picked up from his residence in Simaluguri at around 10.30 pm on Monday.

Police also raided the residences of three other leaders and detained Asom Yuba Chatra Sanmilan (AYCS) president Jintu Mech, Raijor Dal leader Padmakant Das and Bir Lachit Sena leader Chitu Baruah from their homes. The reason behind their detention remained undisclosed.

The leaders who were released at around 11 am on Tuesday however said that it is due to the fear of protests against chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his insensitive remarks against Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi during his address in the State Assembly on Monday. The chief minister cited doctors as saying Gogoi had psychological issues. He also said that if Gogoi was healthy enough to have come to the Assembly, he should ideally be in jail and not in the hospital.

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“They feared that protests would break out in Sivasagar when chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma used insensitive terms in the assembly yesterday. They even detained my colleagues in the Raijor Dal and other activists. It has only been three days that he took charge as the chief minister and in just three days he has already taken the form of a dictator,” said Raijor Dal leader Padmakant Das.

Gogoi, who had won Assembly polls from the Sivasagar constituency, took oath as an MLA in the Assam Assembly on May 21 after a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court allowed him to do so. Gogoi also alleged that the cops had misbehaved with him and flouted COVID-19 protocols.

Akhil Gogoi, who had contested and won the polls from behind bars and is yet to get bail in multiple cases against him, including sedition charges, was brought to the Assembly under police cover. He had earlier procured a court order to take oath as a first-time MLA.

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