Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi, accused of leading the recent violent protests in the city that claimed three lives, was on Friday arrested at the Press Club here, police said.
It was not immediately known under what section he was arrested though there were reports of him being taken into custody under the National Security Act (NSA).
The KMSS Secretary was arrested when he was addressing a press conference. Gogoi has been accused of leading violent KMSS activists, in Dispur area here on Wednesday in which
three persons were killed and over 50 injured.
Altogether 10 cases, including four non-bailable ones, were registered against the KMSS leader on Thursday..
The Assam Government has ordered an inquiry by Additional Chief Secretary Surajit Mitra into the clash.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had condemned the incident and said the rally was held on the issue of eviction of encroachers but the government had already declared that those who had been residing on government land in Guwahati city area for more than 15 years would be given land rights.
As a large posse of police arrived at the Press Club to arrest the KMSS leader, Gogoi continued to speak to reporters alleging that the police had attacked "innocent and peaceful
protestors who were democratically demonstrating against their eviction from their homes on Wednesday".
Gogoi urged the people of the state to come out peacefully to protest his arrest and along with his supporters.
The KMSS leader was taken to Pan Bazar police station with the administration taking all security measures to avert any untoward incident following his arrest. Movement of vehicles
was diverted in the busy area, police said.