By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: Amid anxiety and distress doing round the corner on the anticipation that the health condition of KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi was deteriorating and showed Covid-like symptoms in the last a few days, the Guwahati central jail authority on Tuesday claimed that the peasant leader was ‘clinically stable’ and no Covid-like symptoms found in him.
Assam police’s Inspector General of Prison Dasarath Das informed Time8 that the NIA Court on Tuesday directed the Guwahati central jail authority to conduct swab test of Akhil Gogoi following which the sample was collected immediately on Tuesday itself.
Rubbishing the ‘rumour’ on the KMSS leader’s deteriorating health status, Das said, “Such gossiping is widely circulated to release Gogoi from jail. A team of doctors has examined Gogoi’s health status today. As per as the report was concern, no Covid-like symptoms were found in him.”
The IGP said that earlier, Akhil Gogoi himself barred the team of doctors from conducting swab test upon him. “The team of doctors conducted swab tests and collected the samples of those inmates who had complained of cough, fevers and cold on July 5. The swab test upon Gogoi was conducted only on Tuesday for he denied earlier,” he stressed.
Das also said that Gogoi was recovering from skin disease. “Ailments like skin allergy and joint pain is nothing new to him (Gogoi). He has been undergoing medication for all these ailments and taking medicines regularly. He is recovering” he said.
However, taking cognizance of the deteriorating health conditions of the peasant leader, Gogoi’s wife Geetashree Tamuli filed a petition at the NIA Court here on Monday seeking the health status of Gogoi. Another petition was filed by advocate Krishna Gogoi on behalf of KMSS leader Bittu Sonowal, who is also said to be facing similar health problems.
The KMSS leader’s advocate Krishna Gogoi said, “We are forced to file petition at the NIA court to know every single details related to the jailed KMSS leaders. It is nothing other than a violation to the fundamental human rights. Such a lengthy and time-consuming formality has been harassing the relatives and well wishers of the jailed leaders.”
The relatives, lawyers and well wishers are strictly barred from visiting Akhil Gogoi and other jailed KMSS leaders ever since the outbreak of the pandemic corona virus.
Earlier the IGP revealed that two jail inmates have been tested Covid-19 positive inside the jail premises. Presently, there are 1089 jail inmates altogether.
Photo Credit: Pratidin Time (Representative Image)