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Congress workers stages protest outside police station for release of Mevani

Independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi alleged that Assam Chief Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma in order to please the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS has arrested Mevani over a normal tweet on which there is no reaction in Assam.

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Guwahati: Congress workers in Assam on Friday staged a demonstration outside Kokrajhar police station, where the Daiit leader was kept in custody for his alleged offensive tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Opposing Mevani’s “illegal arrest”, members of the party demanded his immediate release of Mevani who was arrested in connection with an FIR lodged in Assam on Wednesday night by the Assam police from Palanpur town in Gujarat Congress workers raised slogans against the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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According to the FIR, he had purportedly posted a tweet, claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi “considered Godse as God”. Mevani was flown to Guwahati from Gujarat on Thursday morning and then taken to Kokrajhar by road, where he was produced at the chief judicial magistrate’s court, which remanded him in three days’ police custody.

Independent Assam MLA Akhil Gogoi, also here, alleged that Assam Chief Minister Himanata Biswa Sarma in order to please the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS has arrested Mevani over a normal tweet on which there is no reaction in Assam.

“It is strange that a person from Gujarat is arrested by Assam Police for a tweet; it’s like opening an umbrella in Assam when it’s raining in Gujarat,” Gogoi said.

A team of three lawyers, led by head of legal cell of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee Manoj Bhagawati, is representing the Gujarat MLA. Mevani had won as an independent MLA from Vadgam (SC) seat of Banaskantha in 2017 with Congress support. Though he is “ideologically” with the Congress, he has not joined the party officially.

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