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Citizenship Bill protest: Guwahati HC grants bail to Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi and Manjit Mahanta detained in sedition case

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  • 9th February 2019,
  • 9:19 AM

Assamese marxist and literary critic Hiren Gohain along with Krisak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi and Senior journalist Manjit Mahanta has been granted bail in the sedition case by the Guwahati High Court on Friday, January 11, 2019. All the three were booked over their alleged comments made during a protest of the Citizenship amendment bill 2016. According to reports in a leading daily, Justice HK Sharma, who has given an interim bail to Gohain and the with the two others against a surety of Rs 5,000 each […]

Hiren Gohain, Akhil Gogoi, Manjit Mahanta

Assamese marxist and literary critic Hiren Gohain along with Krisak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi and Senior journalist Manjit Mahanta has been granted bail in the sedition case by the Guwahati High Court on Friday, January 11, 2019. All the three were booked over their alleged comments made during a protest of the Citizenship amendment bill 2016.

According to reports in a leading daily, Justice HK Sharma, who has given an interim bail to Gohain and the with the two others against a surety of Rs 5,000 each has also asked the police to file a case diary by January 22, 2019. The three were arrested on January 10, 2019 and a suo motu FIR was filed at Latashil police station in Guwahati for their comments made during a meeting on January 7 to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. They had been booked under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 120(B), 121, 123 and 124(A).

Meanwhile, the wake of protests over the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the state of Assam has created a disturbed atmosphere. The All Assam Students Union (AASU) today torched effigies of current CM Sarbananda Sonowal along with Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sharma and Khumtai MLA Mrinal Saikia near ASTC Bus Stand to protest against the bill. On January 11, tribal groups called for a 24-hour shutdown against the Constitution Amendment Bill after the grant of ST status to six indigenous Assamese communities including Ahoms, Chutiyas, Marans, Muttocks, among others, under the Constitution.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who had set foot in India before December 31, 2014, was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8 and is waiting for approval in the upper house of the parliament.

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