Akhil Gogoi To Launch Hunger Strike Inside Jail From Mar 1 In Protest Against CAA

Akhil Gogoi was arrested by Assam Police in Jorhat on December 12th, 2019, a day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Parliament on December 11th, 2019

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Arrested Assam RTI activist and leader of peasants’ body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi will launch a hunger strike inside Guwahati Central Jail, where he is presently lodged, from March 1st, 2020.

Gogoi said he, along with other arrested KMSS leaders, would launch the hunger strike within the jail premises 1 to intensify the agitation against controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Gogoi along with three other KMSS leaders – Dharjya Konwar, Bitu Sonowal and Mahesh Konwar – was produced at the NIA court on February 25th, 2020. A large number of supporters assembled outside the court and raised slogans in support of Gogoi.

Gogoi was arrested by Assam Police in Jorhat on December 12th, 2019, a day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Parliament on December 11th, 2019.

On December 13th, the Guwahati police registered a suo-moto case against Gogoi. Later, on December 14th, 2019, the state government handed over the case to the NIA.

The NIA booked him under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) following the issuance of an order by the Union home ministry.

The other three KMSS leaders have also been arrested in relation to the protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in December last year.

A few days back, the NIA questioned the former Cotton University students’ union general secretary Pranjal Kalita in connection with the anti-CAA protests that rocked Guwahati in December. Kalita is the assistant general secretary of Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, the student wing of the peasant body KMSS.

Arupjyoti Saikia, a faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati was also questioned by the NIA in relation to the anti-CAA protests in Guwahati.

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