KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi was produced at a NIA court in Guwahati on Thursday
KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi was produced at a NIA court in Guwahati on Thursday|EastMojo image

Assam: KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi produced in NIA court in Guwahati

Earlier in the day, the anti-terror agency conducted raids at the residence of the peasant leader & seized files containing documents relating to NHPC, said sources

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi was produced at a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday. Gogoi reached the court around 1 pm. He was brought in by a team of sleuths from the headquarters of the anti-terror organisation in Tetelia near Guwahati.

The NIA had in the morning, conducted raids at the residence of Gogoi and seized the peasant leader’s PAN card, voter ID card, bank documents and documents related to NHPC, officials sources told EastMojo.

Raids were also conducted at the KMSS office in the city.

Gogoi was leading the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) movement in upper Assam and was arrested by the police from Jorhat on December 12. He was later handed over to NIA. A special NIA court had sent him to 10-day custody.

The NIA had leveled charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) against Gogoi. The FIR lodged by NIA accuses Gogoi of ‘abetting, inciting hatred and causing disaffection towards the government’.

Gogoi was flown in from Delhi to Guwahati on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the clamour for his unconditional release is growing. Several students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), anti-CAA protesters of Assam have been holding protests seeking the peasant leader’s release. Priyada Gogoi, mother of Gogoi, had sat on an indefinite hunger strike since December 20 demanding the immediate release of her son but was forced to break her fast on December 22 due to deteriorating health.

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