Jailed KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi to sit on hunger strike from Mar 1
Guwahati: Announcing that his fight against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would continue unabated, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi said on Tuesday that he would sit on an indefinite hunger strike in jail from March 1.
Gogoi said this as he was being produced at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Tuesday. He urged upon the people to continue their fight against CAA.
Several KMSS supporters gathered outside the court and raised slogans demanding early release of their leader.
Speaking to media persons, Gogoi’s advocate informed that Gogoi was produced before the NIA court on Tuesday following a petition filed in regard to a voice sample examination demanded by NIA officials. He further said that Gogoi along with other KMSS members will be produced before the court again on March 7.
Gogoi’s advocate meanwhile urged NIA authorities to share the evidences and voice samples that demand an examination openly before the court so that the judicial process can be transparent. He also asked for an arrangement made inside the court premises itself to go for the voice sample examination.
The peasant leader is in Guwahati jail since December 27 last year.
Gogoi was arrested by Assam police in Jorhat on December 12, a day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed in Parliament on December 11, 2019, on charges of prima facie inciting violence through his organization KMSS and also for having links with maoist rebels.
The case was handed over to NIA on December 14, which booked him under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Since then he has been produced at the NIA court in Guwahati at least twice.
Other KMSS leaders Dharjya Kinwar, Bitu Sonowal and Manash Konwar, too, were produced at the NIA court.