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Assam anti-CAA violence: NIA court clears Akhil Gogoi of charges in one case

Akhil Gogoi was booked by the NIA on charges of sedition and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for his involvement in the anti-CAA movement.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati |
Updated: June 22, 2021 7:19:49 pm
Jailed Assam activist Akhil Gogoi takes oath as MLAJailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi at the Assam Legislative Assembly in Guwahati. (PTI)

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday cleared Assam activist and Sivasagar MLA Akhil Gogoi in one of the two cases against him related to the anti-CAA violence in the state in December 2019.

Santanu Borthakur, Gogoi’s counsel, told The Indian Express, “He has been discharged in one case. It means charges have not been framed against him. The hearing in the other case is going on.”

The NIA is investigating two cases related to the anti-CAA protests against Gogoi and his associates, which were initially registered at Chandmari police station in Guwahati and Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district.

Gogoi has been in jail since December 2019. He was booked by the NIA on charges of sedition and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for his involvement in the anti-CAA movement.

In the state elections this year, Gogoi, who leads the newly formed regional party Raijor Dal, became the first jailed leader in Assam to win an assembly election. He is currently admitted at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital for his health issues.

Gogoi also leads the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which was instrumental in the massive anti-CAA agitation that shook Assam in 2019-20. The Raijor Dal party was formed last year by the KMSS and 70 other organisations representing ethnic communities.

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