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Akhil�s re-arrest violation of personal liberty, says advocate

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 19 - The re-arrest of KMSS leader and anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi by Sivasagar police is a violation of personal liberty of the peasant leader, said senior advocate Santanu Borthakur who has been representing Gogoi in the court.

Early this morning, Sivasagar police took the KMSS leader under their custody on the premises of the Guwahati Central Jail. Later, as informed by the advocate, the Sivasagar court sent him to four days� police custody.

On March 17, the NIA Special Court here granted bail to Gogoi by rejecting the petition of the investigation agency seeking more time to submit the chargesheet.

According to his advocates, Akhil Gogoi was first arrested by Jorhat police on December 12 when the anti-CAA mass movement was at its peak across the State. The NIA took him into custody on December 17. At first, the NIA had taken Gogoi to its New Delhi-based headquarters and later brought him back to Guwahati. Since then he had been lodged at the Guwahati Central Jail.

Moreover, on February 15, Gogoi was arrested by the Crime Branch of Guwahati police. In this case, the Gauhati High Court directed the police to file the case diary on March 25.

Citing the Uday Chand Vs Sk Mohd Abdullah case, advocate Borthakur said, �During the time of bail, the advocates representing the government side did not inform the court about the cases lodged against Akhil Gogoi at other police stations of the State. As per rule, it is the duty of the advocate to inform the court about the same. We should get the chance to file petition seeking anticipatory bail. By re-arresting Gogoi, the police have violated the personal liberty of the activist.�

Another advocate Krishna Gogoi said, �In every case filed against Akhil Gogoi, police and other agencies stated that the KMSS leader was responsible for the untoward incidents taking place during the anti-CAA movement. How could there be multiple cases on the same allegation against a person?�

The advocates of Akhil Gogoi informed that they would move the Gauhati High Court soon seeking justice for the peasant leader who is a leading voice in the anti-CAA movement in Assam.

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