Anti-CAA violent agitation: MLA Akhil Gogoi acquitted on all charges

 From Bhupen Goswami

GUWAHATI : A special NIA court today acquitted Sivasagar MLA Akhil Gogoi of all charges. Akhil Gogoi has been acquitted in the second of two UAPA cases registered against him for allegedly inciting violence and possible collusion with Maoists during anti-CAA protests in Assam. He was acquitted on June 25 in the first case. The court had dismissed the charges against Gogoi after the NIA failed to establish his alleged links with maoists. This is the second UAPA case registered against Akhil Gogoi at Chadmari police station in Guwahati.

 After this, Akhil Gogoi is all set to get out of jail on Thursday. Akhil Gogoi was arrested during anti-CAA protests in Assam in December 2019. Akhil Gogoi had been lodged in jail since then. Meanwhile, The Executive Chairman of the Raijar Dal, Bhasco D Saikia has said that “the NIA court’s decision establishes the fact that the BJP governments at the Centre and in Assam are using the investigating agencies to their advantage.Gogoi and his accomplices were accused in two cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

 The independent MLA and his two other associates were acquitted on June 22 in the first case. Special NIA Judge Pranjal Das did not frame charges against Gogoi and his three associates Dhirjya Kunwar, Manas Kunwar and Bitu Sonowal in connection with the Chandmari case. He was accused of having links with Maoists in the case. After his release from jail, MLA Akhil Gogoi has said that he will then raise his voice against the government. He will raise his voice in the Assam Assembly to address the problems of the people. He said the government had conspired to imprison me again. But he could not succeed. I think the Government is afraid to see people with me. I will never forgive the Government of corruption. He said that one day the government has to respond to the atrocities committed against me.

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