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KMSS calls 12-hour Guwahati bandh following activist's self immolation, vows to block Rahul Gandhi rally

Monday, 24 February 2014 - 7:39pm IST | Agency: PTI

Holding the Assam Government responsible for the self immolation by its activist Prabin Boro here today, the KMSS has called a 12-hour Guwahati bandh tomorrow as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public rally here. 'Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti' leader Akhil Gogoi told PTI, "we have called a 12-hour bandh and will prevent, at any cost, Rahul Gandhi's rally tomorrow. All roads leading to the venue will be blocked by us".

Farmer activist Prabin Boro died this evening at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital nearly six hours after having immolated himself in front of the Secretariat suffering 100 per cent burn injuries.

In a first ever such incident in Assam, the 45-year old Boro set himself on fire by pouring petrol on his body demanding land rights for people living in the city's hill areas. This sparked widespread protests by KMSS activists who blocked road and rail networks across the state.

KMSS has organised a protest this morning and hit the roads against a government programme to distribute land ownership certificates at the 'Sankardeva Kalakshetra' here.


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