By Debananda Medak
Guwahati: The Guwahati Central Jail authority on Saturday revealed that jailed Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi was tested Covid-19 positive in the repeat antigen test.
Assam Police’s Inspector General of Prison Dasarath Das said, “We received the report at around 6:30 pm this evening. Three inmates, including Akhill Gogoi were tested Covid-19 positive in the repeat antigen test. He will be admitted at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. Now he is on the way to the hospital.”
Notably, the first antigen test of Akhil Gogoi, one of the key anti-CAA protesters, was conducted on July 6. Accordingly, on July 7 the jail authority claimed that Gogoi was tested Covid-19 negative.
Earlier, a source of the jail authority informed Time8 that a four-member team of doctors, comprising – one ENT Specialist, one Dermatologist, one Surgeon and one Medicine Specialist visited the Guwahati central jail on July 8 evening and examined the health conditions of Akhil Gogoi. “He was found fit and no complicacy was found at such,” the source further said on July 9.
Rather, the source said that Gogoi had been suffering from piles and skin allergy since long. It must be mentioned here that the source also expressed concern over the unprecedented rumour being created and circulated on the health conditions of Gogoi.
Notably, other KMSS leaders Bitu Sonowal and Dhajya Konwar were tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday and were admitted at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Thursday.
It must be mentioned here that, the family members, lawyers, well-wishers and like-mined people of the state have been creating a wave of protest and condemnation since the outbreak of the pandemic expressing concern over the sorry condition of the jail premises. However, the competent authority had been claiming that the standard protocols are being maintained in the jail premises to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, contradicting the claims of the competent authority, around 28 inmates have been tested Covid-19 positive so far, including Gogoi, inside the jail premises.
On Thursday, the members of the KMSS and its sister organisations, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, All Tai Ahom Students Union, Modmukto Asom, Veer Lachit Sena, and well-wishers and likeminded people of the state have also launched a digital ‘Free-Akhil Gogoi’ campaign. Parallely, various indigenous organisations also demonstrated human chain and street protests in many parts of the state demanding immediate release of the peasant leader.