Guwahati: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at the residence of RTI activist and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi on Thursday morning. 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 has leveled charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). 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 and will be produced in the NIA court at Guwahati on Thursday.
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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