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Court orders hospitalisation of Akhil
Published on 26 Jun. 2011 10:50 PM IST
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A local court today ordered the immediate hospitalisation of Right to Information (RTI) activist Akhil Gogoi, midway through a three-day police remand that he was serving, even as Assam continued to witness mass protests against his arrest.
The court of the chief judicial magistrate, where he was produced this afternoon, ordered that the activist be hospitalised at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) after a panel of government doctors opined that he needs immediate medical aid for a severe back pain, UNI stated.
Gogoi was arrested on June 24 in midst of a press conference on charges of instigating violence during an anti-eviction rally in Guwahati on June 22, which resulted in the death of three persons and damage of public and private property.
“Akhil Gogoi will be taken to the GMCH and the investigating officer of Dispur police station, Dimeswar Thakuria, has been instructed by the court to make arrangements for hospitalisation and treatment of Akhil,” Gogoi’s advocate Santanu Borthakur told reporters outside the court. With this, Gogoi’s police custody has also ended and he will now be under judicial remand, Mr Borthakur added.
Gogoi has also been allowed homemade food following his apprehension before the court that he may be administered poison or spurious drugs, the advocate said. Gogoi thanked his supporters for coming out against his arrest in large numbers.
Speaking to the media while being brought out of the court, he said, “I am grateful to the people for their peaceful agitations.”
“The agitation must not be for Akhil Gogoi; but it must be for a uniform land policy and against big dams and price rise,” he added, before police whisked him away.
Gogoi was undergoing treatment for back pain prior to his arrest.
Meanwhile, his Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today staged rail blockades across the state after calling a statewide general strike yesterday, demanding his immediate release.
KMSS supporters squatted on railway tracks in several places in Sivsagar, Jorhat, Nagaon and Barpeta districts. The picketers blocked Rajdhani Express and Kamrup Express, among other trains.
The blockades were cleared by forcible eviction of the picketers and number of KMSS supporters were also picked up by police to foil the agitation.
The KMSS has lined up a “jail bharo” programme tomorrow and hunger strikes from the day after, demanding Gogoi’s release.

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