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Akhil hearing deferred

Guwahati, March 14: Gauhati High Court today deferred hearing on the bail plea of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and five of his associates till March 19.

Justice P.K. Saikia fixed March 19 as the date of final hearing and disposal of their bail petitions after public prosecutor Z. Kamar sought time for submitting particulars pinpointing their roles in allegedly abetting KMSS member Pranab Boro to immolate himself on February 24.

All these six accused are currently in judicial custody at Guwahati Central Jail.

Besides Akhil, the remaining five accused are Debendra Nath Sarma and Ibrahim Ali, Norul Islam, Gajendra Baishya and Hareswar Kalita. All of them were arrested from Guwahati on March 2.

Kamar submitted in court that there were sufficient incriminating materials with police to suggest that Akhil and his associates were the abettors and conspirators.

Advocate Bijon Mahajan appeared in court on behalf of Akhil.

Akhil was remanded in judicial custody on March 7 for 14 days by the CJM court here after he spent five days in police custody.

The high court today converted the interim pre-arrest bail granted to another KMSS leader Amar Bezbaruah into absolute bail, as there were insufficient evidence against him. The court also granted interim anticipatory bail to Dharjya Konowar, KMSS joint publicity secretary, till March 19 but refused to grant interim anticipatory bail to KMSS general secretary Kamal Medhi.

All these bail petitions will be again taken up for hearing on March 19.

According to the police, apart from Kamal Medhi, two other KMSS activists — Dilip Deka and Abdul Motin Choudhury — are absconding and efforts are on to apprehend them.