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Gogoi, other Cong leaders held for demo at GST meet venue

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other senior leaders were arrested today while they were demonstrating outside a hotel, the venue of the Council meeting, here.

Besides Gogoi, the arrested leaders included state chief Ripun Bora, Leader of Opposition Debabrat Saikia and former minister Rakibul Hussain.


Guwahati Police Commissioner Hiren Chandra Nath said the leaders were arrested for violation of Section 144 of CrPC imposed outside the venue of the meet.

"The wanted to demonstrate before the Council. So we had to stop them," Nath told PTI.

The arrested persons were later released on personal bond.

A spokesperson said the party had welcomed the Council meet in the city but its leaders and workers were demonstrating there with a demand that the 28 per cent slab be abolished completely.

"It's a shocking behaviour of the government," the spokesperson said.

He also expressed anguish over the police taking Gogoi, who enjoys Z Plus category security, in an ordinary bus after arrest.

"He is a former CM. He enjoys Z Plus security. It's a dictatorial attitude of the government," the spokesperson said.

The two-day Council meet is taking place from today at luxury hotel in Guwahati.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 17:57 IST
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