Special court turns down NIA’s plea for further 10 days’ custody; next date of hearing in case fixed for January 10, 2020
Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Guwahati on Thursday sent Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi to 14 days’ judicial custody.
The special court turned down NIA’s plea for further 10 days’ custody. The next date for hearing has been fixed for January 10, 2020.
Earlier in the day, Gogoi was brought to the court around 1 pm by a team of NIA 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 levelled 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.