The students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will stage a protest at Assam Bhawan on December 23rd, 2019 in the national capital demanding the release of peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who has been sent to 10-days’ NIA custody.
The students union of the JNU also demanded the immediate release of all persons arrested or detained for protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Akhil was arrested by Assam Police in Jorhat on December 12th, 2019 amid protests over the citizenship law. On December 13th, 2019, Guwahati police registered a suo moto case against him. The Assam government handed over the case to NIA on December 14th.
On the other hand, Priyada Gogoi, mother of Akhil, began an indefinite hunger strike in front of her house at Selenghat in Golaghat district on December 20th, 2019, demanding his immediate release.
The students of Cotton University too demanded the early release of Akhil.
Speaking to Time8, Priyada alleged that Akhil has been framed by someone.” My son has done nothing wrong. I request the government to release my son. He is my only son.”
He was booked him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) under Section 120 B (punishment of criminal conspiracy), 124 A (sedition), 153 A (unlawful association) and 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 18/39 (punishment for conspiracy)
He was sent to 10-day NIA custody on December 17th, 2019 by a special court in Guwahati and was taken to NIA Headquarters in New Delhi. Akhil has been accused of having nexus with Maoist groups.
Akhil has alleged that he was subjected to extreme torture. The Assam Human Rights’ Commission has decided to take suo moto cognizance of media reports of alleged atrocities on the peasants’ leader.