Gauhati High Court rejected bail application of peasants’ rights activist Akhil Gogoi

Guwahati: The Guwahati High Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogai. In December 2019, he was arrested during a protest against the National Citizenship Act (CAA). A case was registered against him under various sections.

The High Court dismissed the bail plea and made a strong comment on Gogai. The court bench said that Akhil Gogoi's agitation against CAA was not a satyagraha but a terrorist activity. During the protest against CAA, Gogai was accused of inciting violence. A bench of Justices Kalyan Rai Surana and Ajit Bathakur stated in its order that 'Akhil Gogai led a mob that was spreading violence. His move rejected the concept of non-violent movement. This was not a satyagraha.

The court said that, through this movement, an attempt was made to weaken the government machinery, economic blockade, incite hatred among the communities and create disunity against the government by obstructing public peace. Such activity is defined as a terrorist act under Section 15 of the UAPA.

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