Assam: Demands for Akhil Gogoi's release and revoking CAA raised amid huge protests

Assam: Demands for Akhil Gogoi's release and revoking CAA raised amid huge protests

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In parts of Assam, including Moran, Sibsagar, various groups protested for the release of Akhil Gogoi and for revoking of Citizenship Amendment Act.

"We demand Akhil Gogoi's release but police have arrested us. Along with that, CAA should be nullified. We have protested maintaining COVID-19 restrictions. Akhil Gogoi should be returned back in full health", said one of the protester.

Another protest leader asked, "Delhi-Bengal higher-ups are being brought to attain Gogoi's case. Are you trying to bring COVID-19 to the judiciary?".

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Akhil Gogoi was arrested on 12th Dec 2019, from Jorhat, sent to NIA custody for 10 days in Delhi, and taken back and lodged in Guwahati Central Jail since 26th Dec. KMSS Secretary Dhaijya Konwar and Bittu Sonowal, President of Chatra Mukti Sangram Samiti, a popular democratic student org in Assam, were arrested on 13th Dec and lodged in Guwahati Central Jail. On 7th Jan, both of them were tagged in the same fake UAPA case with Akhil Gogoi and are currently in NIA custody in Kamrup district. Manas Konwar was arrested on 13th Dec, released later and re-arrested from NIA Court, Guwahati, Assam towards the end of January 2020 being slapped with similar charges under UAPA. Earlier, the NIA failed to file a charge sheet within the mandatory 90 days, which warranted Akhil’s release but he was immediately arrested for other cases.

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