Guwahati: Hours after the NIA special court discharged anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) leader and Sibsagar MLA Akhil Gogoi of all charges, the leader came out in open on Thursday.
He was behind the bars since December 2019 when he was arrested during anti CAA protests. Since then he continued to be under judicial custody.
Released from the Gauhati medical college hospital (GMCH) where he was undergoing medical treatment under judicial custody so far, Gogoi straightly reached the residence of Sam Stafford, the 17-year student who was shot by police during the anti CAA movement in the city’s Hatigaon area.
Gogoi hugged Stafford photo and paid homage. He said that from now on, the expenses for Stafford’s case in the court would be taken care of by him.
Gogoi said, “Stafford and those who had made supreme sacrifices for the community are my heroes. Today I visited Sam’s house and told the family that I’ll do all the expenses for his case from now on.”
The peasant leader is likely to visit Sibsagar on Friday.
On Thursday morning, a special NIA court cleared him and his three associates of all charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, for their alleged role in the violent anti-CAA agitation in Assam in December 2019.
The independent MLA from Assam and his two other associates were cleared of charges in the first case on June 22.
He said, “The judiciary has once again proved to be independent. I thank the judiciary system for bringing justice to me.”
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