Assam Peasant Leader Akhil Gogoi Gets Bail

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On 11 July, Gogoi tested positive for Covid-19 inside Guwahati Central Jail and is presently getting medical aid at a hospital. — PTI file

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NEW DELHI – The Guwahati High Court granted bail to peasant leader Akhil Gogoi on Thursday in three cases lodged by the Assam Police in connection with the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in December, 2019.

However, he will remain in jail for the cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), reported Firstpost.

Hearing the bail applications in the three cases registered at the Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district, Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak granted bail to the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader.

“Now he has got bail in all cases, except the two NIA cases. The hearing in one of these two cases will start in the next few days. We hope the court will grant bail to him”, Gogoi’s advocate Santanu Borthakur told the media.

The three cases registered against Gogoi were related to burning of post office, a circle office and a branch of the United Bank of India in Chabua during the violent protests against the controversial CAA. He was arrested on 29 May while he was already in jail.

The agency is investigating two cases, which were initially registered at Chandmari and Chabua police stations, related to the alleged role of Gogoi in the violent protests.

On 11 July, Gogoi tested positive for Covid-19 inside Guwahati Central Jail and is presently getting medical aid at a hospital.

As a “preventive measure” in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, Gogoi was arrested on 12 December,  2019, from Jorhat in the midst of the intense anti-CAA movement. Next day, three of his colleagues were also taken into custody.

The four leaders were later arrested in a number of old cases registered across different police stations in Assam. They have got bail in most of these cases.

The High Court ordered a stay on the bail given by the special NIA court to Gogoi on 17 March in the Chandmari police station case and subsequently to others after the investigating agency failed to file a charge-sheet.

On 29 May, the NIA filed the charge-sheet against Gogoi and three of his colleagues for sedition and terror activities. KMSS leader Bittu Sonowal, who was arrested by NIA along with Gogoi, was granted bail by a special NIA court on Wednesday.

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