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

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

“He has tested positive. I just received the news that he has tested positive for COVID-19,” Barthakur . 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.

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.
 

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)

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