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Sivasagar cops take Akhil Gogoi custody

KMSS joint secretary said cops were there for the past 3 days and were waiting for court orders to take custody of Akhil

By Mohsin Khaiyam in Guwahati
  • Published 20.03.20, 12:41 AM
  • Updated 20.03.20, 12:41 AM
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Supporters of Akhil Gogoi protest in Sivasagar on Thursday. Pictures by UB Photos and sourced by Rokibuz Zaman

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi was taken to Sivasagar early on Thursday by a police team, a development which led Barpeta Congress MP Abdul Khaleque stage a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament, seeking his immediate release.

KMSS joint secretary Mukut Deka said the police team was here for the past three days and were waiting for court orders to take custody of Akhil.

The police team, after getting permission to arrest Akhil, reached Guwahati Central Jail at 5.30am on Thursday and took him to Sivasagar.

Deka said Akhil was re-arrested allegedly on false charges and cases.

Akhil was rearrested in a Sivasagar police station case (no. 1344/2019) under Sections 120(B), 143, 150, 153, 153(A), 157, 158, 183, 188, 291 and 431 of the IPC.

Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque protests in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over the re-arrest of the KMSS leader.
Barpeta MP Abdul Khaleque protests in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over the re-arrest of the KMSS leader.

He was first arrested by Jorhat police on December 12 last year. Subsequently, the case was taken over by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on December 17.

He was granted bail on Tuesday by the special NIA court, three months after he was arrested for his alleged role in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests and for alleged links with Maoists.

Khaleque, holding aloft a placard, described Akhil’s rearrest as “vengeful” and sought his immediate unconditional release.

“It is a vindictive step since the NIA court had granted him bail. Therefore, we are protesting,” the first-time MP said.

Akhil was taken to Sadar police station in Sivasagar, about 355km east of Guwahati, after a health check-up, according to procedure.

A police source said he was arrested after receiving permission from the court and he will be in police remand for four days.

Additional reporting by Rokibuz Zaman