Protests Across Assam Demanding Release Of Activist Akhil Gogoi, Repeal Of CAA

Akhil Gogoi is being handled at a hospital after testing optimistic for COVID-19 (File)

Guwahati:

Peasant physique Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) on Tuesday staged protests throughout Assam, demanding the discharge of its chief Akhil Gogoi in addition to the repeal of the contentious Citizenship (Modification) Act.

The members of the organisation defied prohibitory orders in Guwahati and had been arrested, whereas at different locations it fashioned human chains, carried out songs and created artworks in help of their demand.

Within the state capital, the KMSS supporters defied Part 144 and fashioned a human chain and shouted slogans, demanding Gogoi’s launch and repeal of the Act.

“They didn’t have any permission to stage the protest. So, we arrested them for violating the prohibitory orders,” a senior police official mentioned.

Gogoi is being handled at Gauhati Medical School and Hospital after testing optimistic for COVID-19. He contracted the virus in Guwahati Central Jail, the place he was lodged for his alleged position in violent anti-CAA protests final yr.

KMSS president Raju Bora mentioned the group has restarted the anti-CAA motion from Tuesday and it’ll proceed until the controversial legislation is repealed.

“This time, the agitation can be extra united and highly effective. The BJP authorities is afraid of Akhil Gogoi and that’s the reason they’ve put him in jail. They need to cease the peoples’ voice by imprisoning Gogoi,” he added.

In Jorhat metropolis, artistes, college students, educationists, advocates, journalists and customary individuals joined the agitation and carried out songs and recited poems, whereas painters created sketches to press for his or her calls for.

Dergaon, Merapani, Bokakhat and plenty of different locations in Golaghat district too witnessed cultural protests.

In Dibrugarh, farmers staged a novel protest by planting rice seedlings on their paddy fields. Folks additionally fashioned human chains at a number of different locations within the district.

Within the Chenimari space of Barpeta, which is ravaged by the devastating flood, individuals protested standing and forming human chains on their country-made boats.

Related inventive and number of protest expressions had been witnessed in different districts, together with Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhemaji, Darrang, Kamrup, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Goalpara, Dhubri and Baksa.

The Hailakandi and Cachar districts of the Barak valley additionally noticed some demonstrations, demanding the discharge of the RTI activist.

Within the midst of intense anti-CAA motion, Gogoi was arrested on December 12 final yr from Jorhat as a “safety measure” in view of the deteriorating legislation and order state of affairs within the state and his three colleagues had been taken into custody the subsequent day.

They had been later handed over to the Nationwide

Investigation Company for probing their alleged position within the violent protest and their doable hyperlinks with Maoist components.

Earlier, the Particular NIA Court docket had granted bail to Gogoi on March 17 on the Chandmari police station case and subsequently to others after the investigating company did not file a cost sheet throughout the specified interval of 90 days.

The Gauhati Excessive Court docket later stayed the bail.

His three associates — Dhaijya Konwar, Bittu Sonowal and Manash Konwar — have now bought bail within the NIA case and had been launched from the jail.

The NIA is investigating two circumstances, which had been initially registered at Chandmari and Chabua police stations, associated to the alleged position of Gogoi and his three colleagues within the violent protests.

On Might 29, the NIA filed the cost sheet within the Chandmari case in opposition to Gogoi and three of his colleagues for sedition and terror actions for his or her alleged position in violent protests in opposition to the Citizenship (Modification) Act in December final yr.

The 4 leaders had been later arrested in a variety of outdated circumstances registered throughout completely different police stations in Assam. They’ve bail in most of those circumstances.

Gogoi was granted bail on July 16 by the Gauhati Excessive Court docket on three Assam Police’s circumstances associated to the burning of a submit workplace, circle workplace and a department of United Financial institution of India at Chabua of Dibrugarh district throughout anti-CAA protest.

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