Gogoi said on Friday, “Those who led the movement betrayed the people however as I am out of jail I want to assure the people that the movement opposing CAA will restart.”
Gogoi, who is MLA from Sivsagar and president of Raijor Dal, added that foreigners will not be allowed to settle in Assam. “I was wrongly confined in prisons for 19 months and taking advantage of this, the BJP came back to power for a second consecutive term in Assam. I have from now initiated the removal of the BJP from Assam movement”.
Gogoi was released on Thursday after he along with three other associates were discharged of all charges by special National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Guwahati.
Gogoi was charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for leading a violent protest against CAA in December 2019. He was also accused of having links with Maoist.
The NIA had taken over two cases — Chandmari and Chabua police station. On June 22 last the NIA court discharged him of charges against him in a case registered at Chabua police station. Akhil was charged with leading the mob to attack a police station and destroying government properties.
Akhil contested in absentia while he was in jail and won from Sibsagar assembly seat in recently held assembly polls.
Assam witnessed bitter protests in 2019 and early 2020 when the CAA — which aims to make minority communities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible to apply for Indian citizenship — was passed by Parliament. Five people were killed in the protests and there was large-scale violence for several days.