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Akhil Gogoi remanded to judicial custody for 14 days

RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi. File photo.

RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi. File photo.   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar

He was arrested by the NIA from Jorhat on December 12 when large scale protests against the Citizenship law was rocking Assam

RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who was arrested under the stringent UA(P)A amidst the large-scale protests in Assam over the amended Citizenship Act, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a special NIA court on Thursday.

The court turned down the plea of the National Investigation Agency(NIA) seeking his custody for 10 more days, Mr. Gogoi’s counsel, Santanu Borthakur said.

He said that the court pulled up NIA for taking Mr. Gogoi, the chief adviser of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, to Delhi without intimating it when the peasant leader was in the custody of the anti-terror agency. Mr. Gogoi will be produced before the NIA court again on January 10, Mr. Borthakur said.

Mr. Gogoi was instrumental in mobilising protests across several districts in upper Assam against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

He was arrested by the State police in Jorhat on December 12 when the protests over the amended Citizenship Act was rocking Assam. He was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which booked him under various sections of Indian Penal Code and the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Mr. Gogoi was sent to the central agency’s custody for 10 days on December 17 and was produced at the special NIA court on Thursday after bringing him from Delhi in the morning.

On December 17 the court had directed the NIA to ensure regular medical checkup of Mr. Gogoi and allow his family members and lawyers to meet.

The NIA on Thursday searched the peasant leader’s residence at Nizarapara area of Guwahati and seized several documents, files on KMSS, copies of its registration certificate, a laptop, and copies of his PAN card, an SBI debit card, an electoral photo identity card (EPIC) and a bank passbook, his wife Gitashree Tamuly said.

“They also took away the handwritten manuscript of a book that he was writing. It is on his experiences inside the jail,” she said adding that the NIA also seized Mr. Gogoi’s research on NHPC.

The KMSS office in Gandhibasti area of the city too was raided and some books and leaflets were seized, its president Raju Bora said.

The Congress, All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) and the general people have been demanding immediate release of Gogoi.

When the firebrand leader was being taken to the NIA court on December 17, he had told waiting journalists that he has been subjected to "extreme torture".

"The agitation must not stop. I appeal to the people to continue the protests until the law (CAA) is repealed," Mr. Gogoi had said as security personnel rushed him to the courtroom with his hands handcuffed.

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