‘Civil disturbance can’t be UAPA offence’: HC upholds bail to Akhil Gogoi
Tuesday, 13 April 2021 Stating that someone accused of civil disturbance can’t be booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act unless it qualifies to be an act of terror, the Gauhati high court has upheld the bail granted by a special NIA court to jailed activist-turned-politician Akhil Gogoi.
Delhi court on April 15 granted bail to former JNU student leader Umar Khalid in connection with the northeast Delhi violence case. The court noted that he can't be made to incarcerate in jail for infinity merely on account that others who were part of the mob have to be identified and arrested in the matter. Khalid was arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). More than 750 cases were registered in the northeast Delhi violence, in which at least 53 people were killed and several others injured. So far, over 250 charge sheets have been filed in the riots-related cases in which 1,153 accused have been charge-sheeted. The violence broke out in northeast Delhi between Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) supporters and protesters on Feb 24, 2020. Umar Khalid got arrested last year in the matter.
As official trends show Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) is set to retain power in Assam, BJP workers celebrated by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati on May 02. In the 126-seat Assam Assembly, BJP is leading in 57 seats with its allies ahead on around 20. Voting for these elections took place in three phases between March 27 and April 6.
Assam's Sonitpur experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on the morning of April 28. The tremors were felt even in Guwahati which is more than 180 km from Sonitpur. A residential building in Beltola town of Guwahati was also impacted by the earthquake. The Lakshmi Apartment has been damaged with several cracks following the earthquake. Fearing their lives, the residents of the apartment building are moving out. The building was later inspected by the officials of police and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force).
Assam government converted Guwahati's Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium also known as Sarusajai Stadium into a COVID-19 isolation facility on April 21. At least 500 people can be quarantined at the COVID facility centre. Assam's active case rose to 9,032 on April 21. Assam government will give free vaccines to everyone from 18-45 years.