NET News Desk
Manas Konwar, the working president of Sattra Mukti Sangram Samiti (SMSS) – the student wing of the peasant rights’ organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has been released in bail from Guwahati Central Jail on Tuesday.
Although the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Guwahati on Monday granted him bail, the jail authorities refused to release him from jail on the ‘pretext’ that Guwahati Central Jail is a containment zone.
Konwar, along with fellow SMSS leader Bitu Sonowal, KMSS leaders Akhil Gogoi and Dharjya Konwar, were arrested last December during the anti-CAA protests. They were charged by the NIA under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The activists were accused of waging a war against the nation for their alleged ‘incitement’ to violence during the anti- CAA protests.
As per local reports, Manas alleged that the inmates of the jail have suffered from different diseases and were exploited within the jail premises. Moreover, the student leader who had spent six months in the Central Jail, hinted on resuming the anti-CAA protests in the state.
KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi and his associates Bitu Sonowal and Dharjya Konwar have also tested positive for the virus and are now under treatment at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).
Following a case of COVID-19, a large number of jail inmates were detected COVID positive, hence the Central Jail was declared as a Containment Zone.