A court of National Investigation Agency on December 26th, 2019, sent the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief and the peasants’ leader Akhil Gogoi to judicial custody for 14 days.
The court had rejected the NIA’s plea seeking Gogoi under custody for further investigation. He was already in NIA custody for 10 days since December 17th, 2019.
Earlier the day, the NIA sleuths had conducted a search at Gogoi’s residence located at Chandmari area and the KMSS office, Gandhibasti in the city. The copies of Pan card, Elector Photo Identity card, bank passbook, laptop among other items from his library room were seized during the search.
On December 12th, 2019, Gogoi was arrested in Jorhat amid protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. The Guwahati police on the following day registered a suo-moto case against Gogoi. Later, on December 14th, 2019, the state government handed over the case to the NIA.
A court in Jorhat granted bail to Gogoi, Dibya Jyoti Sarma, Manas Konwar, Lakhyajit Gogoi in a different case. A case (No 3498/2019) under sections 120B, 145, 151, 153, 153A, 157, 158, 291 and 431 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the leaders of the KMSS. Hearing the case, the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Mirmal Kumar Laskar accepted the bail petition moved by the Jorhat Lawyers’ Association.
Gogoi was booked under the sections 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 124 A (sedition), 153 A (unlawful association) and 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 18/39 (punishment for conspiracy) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
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