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Akhil Gogoi shares his son's grief over his jailing, says he was 'distressed' & 'sick'

Akhil Gogoi shares his son's grief over his jailing, says he was 'distressed' & 'sick'

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GUWAHATI: Moments after becoming a free man, MLA and social activist Akhil Gogoi shared the troubles that his young son went through while he was in prison.

Gogoi, who reached his residence at long last after a National Investigation Agency (NIA) dropped charges against him and two of his aides, reached his home amid much fanfare in the afternoon today.

However, when media persons pressed him about his feelings, the RTI activist shared that his son Nachiketa had undergone much turmoil.

Gogoi’s son, who is 14 years old, had contracted Covid-19 and his mother also had not been keeping well. Against this backdrop, Gogoi was given a 2-day parole to meet his family. However, Gogoi's son was very upset when he left, revealed the peasant leader. Gogoi spent the first day of his parole in Guwahati with his son and wife and the second day in his native village in Upper Assam with his mother Priyada.

From his mother's house in Jorhat, Gogoi was brought straight to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where he has been serving his sentence owing to his poor health.

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It appears that Gogoi's teenaged son was crestfallen when he found out that his father was taken directly to the hospital instead of getting to visit his Guwahati residence one more time.

"He has been in a lot of unease. The other day after I came here I left in the morning and he went to bed early. He was upset because I could not come back and meet him here as we did not have time," Gogoi said.

"He was very upset when he heard that another charge sheet would be filed against his father. He was in a lot of grief and did not utter a single word," added Gogoi's wife Gitashree Bortamuly.

Akhil Gogoi was arrested on December 12, 2019, from Jorhat, during the height of the violent protests against the then proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) as a "preventive measure" in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

According to reports, Gogoi will be visiting his constituency before this month's budget session.

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