GUWAHATI, March 6 � The Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (Metro) today extended the police custody of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) president Akhil Gogoi and two other accused Debendra Nath Sharma and Ibrahim Ali by 24 hours in connection with the Pranab Boro self-immolation case (Case number 327/14 u/s 120(B)/306 IPC).
The four-day police custody of all the six arrested accused expired today.
The prosecution had pleaded for five days� extension, informed advocate Bijon Mahajan, counsel for all the accused. The other three accused have been sent to judicial custody.
The police also prayed for �shown arrest� in connection with six other cases already registered with the Dispur Police Station, which also include a case filed against Akhil Gogoi by the father of Pranab Boro (Case number 335/14).
�In response to a prayer made before the court, investigators through a letter informed that altogether 26 cases are at present pending against the KMSS president in different police stations in Kamrup (Metro),� Mahajan told reporters.
The police in a letter to the CJM through public prosecutor Z Kamar, contended that the circumstances of the case and the materials so far collected indicate involvement of the accused persons with Pranab Boro�s self-immolation.
�During the course of the investigation, sufficient evidences were collected and it is found that the accused motivated and instigated the deceased, giving false assurances, with the active help of Dilip Deka, Abdul Motin Choudhury and Kamal Medhi who are still at large,� the letter stated.
The investigating officer of the case PK Das made submission in the court that the KMSS leadership including Akhil Gogoi, Kamal Medhi and some other activists instigated, abetted and motivated Pranab Boro to resort to self-immolation in which they were assisted and aided by Dilip Deka and Abdul Motin Choudhury, along with the already arrested accused.
The court also asked the investigating officer to follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court in regard to police custody.