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Akhil Gogoi’s health condition serious


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Guwahati: The health condition of team Anna member Akhil Gogoi, whose indefinite hunger strike entered its fourth day on Tuesday, turned serious and doctors have advised immediate hospitalisation.

A team of doctors of Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) examined Gogoi, also Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti general secretary, found his condition to be serious and said he needed immediate hospitalisation.

”Gogoi is suffering from low blood pressure and dehydration and his health was a matter of concern. We advise his immediate hospitalisation,” GMCH physician Rajpratim Das said after examining him.

Gogoi, also an RTI activist, had launched an indefinite fast on May 19 at Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra demanding an end to alleged repressive measures adopted by the state government on anti-Mega dam movement activists and also to stop construction of all mega dams in the North East.

Gogoi’s condition deteriorated since yesterday and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi directed the GMCH authorities to monitor his condition and provide him with the best medical treatment.

”Akhil and his associates health is important to us and we are concerned about their condition,” the chief minister said.

He, however, ruled out any discussion with the agitating leader saying ”How can there be discussions when he is on a hunger strike.

There will be no discussions till he breaks his fast”. The KMSS leader when asked said that he would not break his fast till all its demands are met.

Meanwhile peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, on Tuesday won the support of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM).

“The NAPM supports the brave struggle of KMSS (Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti) and Akhil Gogoi for life with dignity and against unjust destructive capitalist development thrust upon people against their will. We support the demand made by the people’s movements and urge the governments of India and Assam to immediately intervene and listen to the people’s voices,” said a NAPM statement.

Gogoi, who heads KMSS, is on a hunger strike here demanding that the state government stop construction of all mega-dams in the northeast, stop action against anti-dam activists, and unconditionally release 27 activists detained May 11 from Ghagar in Lakhimpur district. (Agencies)


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