Akhil Gogoi, 32 others examine Covid +ve in Guwahati prison | Guwahati News


GUWAHATI: Leader of peasants’ rights firm Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi, who’s lodged in Guwahati Central Jail on charges of sedition, on Saturday evening tested positive for Covid-19.
At least 55 offenders from the prison, combined with Gogoi, have contracted the virus thus far – like 33 on Saturday – triggering fears the prison may become a brand new Covid-19″hotspot”.
Akhil was in prison since December last year because of his role in protests from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). A case was filed against him from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) because of his alleged nexus by Maoists.
Kamrup Metropolitan District announced the Guwahati Central Jail premises as a containment zone.
Dasarath Das, inspector general of prisons, Assam, while confirming that the evolution, told TOI,”Akhil Gogoi and also additional inmates tested positive for Covid-19 from the antigen test on Saturday evening. All collectively, 15 inmates failed antigen tests”
It isn’t known yet the number of these got infected with the virus. The IGP said people were limited because of the rapid spike in the amount of instances.
Gogoi was in detention since December 16, 2019, in connection with an NIA instance (13/2019) under Sections 120B, 253A, 153B of the IPC and Sections 18 and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The authorities detained him from Jorhat on December 12, once the anti-CAA protests turned violent in Guwahati.
The prison authority has begun running the Covid-19 test after the leadership of their NIA court. KMSS had previously claimed that Gogoi was infected with the virus. The attorney representing Gogoi said his client was suffering from fever, cough, and body pains throughout the past couple of days.
Das said swab collection for its Covid testing is happening in the prison and above 135 inmates experienced tests up to now. Altogether, 115 swabs were obtained on July 4, July 5 and July 7 and 20 offenders were analyzed from the rapid antigen test. The majority of the positive instances from the prison were connections of two imprisoned members KMSS – Dharjya Konwar and Bittu Sonowal – that tested positive on Wednesday night.
All positive patients are changed to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, Guwahati (MMCH).
There’s been a widespread requirement for Gogoi’s release from prison. The resistance Congress, AIUDF, CPM, influential pupils marriage AASU, AJYCP, major citizens, college students and assorted neighborhood and cultural organisations sought the launch of their peasant leader.
Together with the reports of this 55 instances from the country jails, the amount of favorable instances has become 57.
The prison houses 1,098 inmates, as well as the official capability of 1,000. “Quick transmission on the prison premises can’t be ruled out, considering the present amount of prisoners exceeds the entire capacity by nearly 10 percent. Jail authorities are attempting to rigorously enforce social-distancing and conceal usage within the prison premises,” a source said.
A March 23 order in the Supreme Court directed that all states and Union Territories to install high tech panels, which might look at releasing parole all convicts detained for up to seven years to decongest prisons in the aftermath of Covid-19. Altogether 5,900 offenders and undertrials are discharged from Assam jails on bond and individual bonds because the coronavirus outbreak in March.


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