Arrested Assam activist Akhil Gogoi tests positive for COVID-19, says his legal counsel

Barthakur informed that a bail application would be moved seeking the release of Akhil Gogoi, an RTI activist and leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee.

Published: 09th July 2020 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2020 01:26 PM   |  A+A-

Assam activist Akhil Gogoi

Assam RTI activist Akhil Gogoi (File Photo)

By Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Arrested Assam activist Akhil Gogoi has tested positive for COVID-19, his legal counsel Santanu Barthakur said on Thursday.

“He has tested positive. I just received the news that he has tested positive for COVID-19,” Barthakur told The New Indian Express. It, however, could not be officially confirmed.

“I don’t know where he will be taken (for treatment),” the advocate said.

The activist has been lodged at the Central Jail in Guwahati for the past few months. 

On Wednesday, two of his arrested aides, who are leaders of peasants’ body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitee (KMSS), had tested positive for the coronavirus in judicial custody.

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Barthakur informed that a bail application would be moved seeking the release of Gogoi, who is a prominent RTI activist and leader of the KMSS.

On May 29, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed the charge-sheet against Gogoi and his three associates for alleged sedition and terror activities for their role in violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act that rocked Assam in December last year.

Meanwhile, a social media campaign began on Thursday seeking Gogoi’s release.

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