NSA: 6 held for violence in anti-Sterlite protests

Tuticorin (TN): Six people arrested for their alleged involvement in the violence during anti-Sterlite protests last month were today detained under the National Security Act (NSA), police said.

The six were arrested on May 22 and are presently lodged in Palayamkottai Central Prison.
They were detained under NSA as per the orders of the Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi, police said.
The NSA empowers the Central and State governments to detain a person for maximum period of 12 months to prevent him/her from acting in any manner prejudicial to national security.
Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in Tuticorin.

The Tamil Nadu government had last month appointed a one-person Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court to probe the violence in Tuticorin.

The State Human Rights Commission has also initiated an inquiry into the issue.

On May 28, the government ordered the state Pollution Control Board to seal and “permanently” close the Vedanta group’s copper plant, following the violent protests.

Akhil Gogoi’s detention under NSA illegal: Gauhati HC

Akhil Gogoi's detention under NSA illegal: Gauhati HC
Akhil Gogoi’s detention under NSA illegal: Gauhati HC

The Gauhati High Court today termed as illegal the detention of RTI activist and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi under the National Security Act (NSA).

Justice Achintya Malla Bujar Barua passed the judgment on Gogoi’s detention and that accordingly he was entitled for immediate release if not arrested in any other case.

Gogoi was arrested on September 13 on charges of sedition and 11 days later he was booked under the NSA.

While addressing a rally in Moran town on September 12, Gogoi had allegedly said if Hindu migrants from Bangladesh were forced upon Assam people from the state would be compelled to take up arms. He was arrested the next day.

The detention was challenged before the High Court in a writ petition.

The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader has been lodged in Dibrugarh jail since his arrest.

Gogoi has been leading an agitation against the government’s handling of the farming crisis in Assam, the building of dams, land mafia and corruption in public life.

( Source – PTI )