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Tuesday , March 4 , 2014
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Court seeks case list from cops
Akhil fears harassment

Akhil Gogoi after his arrest on Sunday. File picture

Guwahati, March 3: The court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (metro), B. Sutradhar, today directed police to submit the list of cases pending against KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and his associates.

The court passed the order after Akhil’s lawyers filed an application stating that it was mandatory for the police to inform the court if there is any other case pending against the accused.

Advocate Bijon Mahajan, who represented Akhil in court, said yesterday the police did not mention in the forwarding letter if there is any other case pending against the accused.

According to him, there is an earlier Gauhati High Court order, which makes it mandatory for the police to inform the court about other cases pending against the accused.

“Therefore, we filed an application today with a prayer before the court to pass an order asking the police to furnish the list of other cases pending against Akhil and his associates,” Mahajan told The Telegraph.

Akhil is apprehensive that the police can re-arrest him in connection with the earlier cases in order to harass him and keep him in police custody for a longer period. There are at least three more cases registered with city police against Akhil.

One of the cases is related to the violent protests in the city in June 2011 that claimed three lives and left many others injured, including policemen.

Another case was registered against Akhil at Khetri police station in the city in January this year after KMSS activists, led by Akhil, allegedly forcibly occupied land located at Khetri on the outskirts of the city, belonging to Topcem Cement.

A case was also registered against him in March 2012, for allegedly kicking a deputy superintendent of police during a protest near the state secretariat.

A police officer, requesting anonymity, said in the FIR lodged by Purnima Boro, wife of Pranab Boro — the man who immolated himself in Guwahati on February 24 — against chief minister Tarun Gogoi and revenue minister Prithibi Majhi, they have found certain misleading information.

“The actual name of Pranab Boro is Puaram Sarania, hailing from Gopsa Suba in Udalguri district, where he was married to one Renuka Sarania and the couple had three children. In 2009, Pranab met Purnima and they started staying together at Gorchuk,” the police source said.

“As he had not yet formally divorced Renuka, we have strong suspicion that Purnima is not his legal wife. Moreover, in the FIR, Purnima said Pranab does not have any other land but he had land at his native village in Udalguri,” he said.

“Purnima is also claiming that they have been staying at Gorchuk for the past 15 years whereas they started living there from 2009, which means that they have been there for the past five years,” the source said.

He said the state government had promised to give land pattas (deeds) to those who were living on government land for 10 years as on June 28, 2011, considering that Pranab Boro does not fulfil the criteria for getting land.

“His wife, in the FIR, accused the chief minister and the revenue minister of abetting his suicide by not keeping his assurance of giving land, which now appears to be false as they were not living in that place for 10 years,” he said.