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Gauhati HC grants bail to Akhil Gogoi in 3 cases, NIA court to decide on 2

Akhil Gogoi, charged with sedition by the NIA,  is currently undergoing treatment for Covid-19.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Updated: July 17, 2020 2:14:03 am
Akhil Gogoi Covid-19, Akhil Gogoi bail, cases against Akhil Gogoi, NIA Akhil Gogoi, Akhil Gogoi arrest, Assam CAA protests, Indian express Akhil Gogoi was arrested when Assam was witnessing widespread protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. (Express photo by Dasarath Deka/File)

Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi was Thursday granted bail by the Gauhati High Court in three cases filed by the police over instances of violence during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the state last year.

However, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti chief, who is currently being treated for Covid-19, still faces two cases by the NIA, which has slapped sedition charges on him.

The three cases for which Gogoi got bail relate to the burning of a circle office, a post office and a United Bank of India branch in Dibrugarh district in December, his advocate told The Indian Express.

“Gogoi was granted bail by the Gauhati High Court in three cases and now only two NIA cases are left. The special NIA court will decide on the matter,” he said.

On July 11, the activist tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. He had been suffering from fever and body ache for a few days.

There has been a widespread outcry against his imprisonment.

Earlier this week, the special NIA court granted bail to two of Gogoi’s associates, Bittu Sonowal and Manas Konwar. Both were incarcerated with Gogoi and had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Soon after the massive anti-CAA stir in Assam in December, the NIA had charged Gogoi, Sonowal and Konwar with sedition, and under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly being overground workers of the banned CPI (Maoist).

Gogoi has denied any link with the outfit.

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