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The NIA’s Partial Relief For Assam Leader Akhil Gogoi

The NIA's Partial Relief For Assam Leader Akhil Gogoi
Since December 2019, Akhil Gogoi has been imprisoned on a variety of charges. (File)

The NIA’s Partial Relief For Assam Leader Akhil Gogoi. Akhil Gogoi, a jailed anti-citizenship amendment act (CAA) campaigner who was elected as the MLA from Assam’s Sibsagar constituency last month, received some relief today after being exonerated in one of two charges against him in connection with demonstrations against the contentious legislation.

In a case involving violent demonstrations, a National Investigation Agency court in Guwahati exonerated him.

Mr. Gogoi has been incarcerates since December 2019 on several charges.

This morning, an NIA court found him not guilty of all counts brought against him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the case lodged at Chabua police station.

He was acquittein this matter in April, but the central agency appealed once again.

Mr. Gogoi was charge with directing a mob of about 600 individuals, so which results in an “economic blockade,” “stone-throwing,” and the death of a “police officer on duty.”

He will, however, stay in judicial prison while another case, which the NIA has also taken over, is still ongoing.

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Mr. Gogoi spearheaded a coalition of over 61 organizations in protesting the CAA. Numerous charges against him were file in Assam (Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Gaurisagar, Teok, and Jorhat) after violent protests.

The NIA took up two of these cases (in Chandmari and Chabua).

Mr. Gogoi has been accusing in the Chandmari case of a variety of offenses, including violations of Sections 120B, 124A, 153B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 18 and 39 of the UAPA.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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