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Jignesh Mevani given three-day police custody in Assam

He was flown to Guwahati on Thursday and produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Kokrajhar in lower Assam.

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Guwahati: Gujarat independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, arrested for an alleged offensive tweet against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was given a three-day police remand by a CJM court in Assam’s Kokrajhar in Assam.

A team from Assam Police arrested the Dalit leader and independent lawmaker at 11.30 pm on Wednesday from Palanpur town in Gujarat after an FIR with various charges, including criminal conspiracy, was filed in Kokrajhar district.

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He was flown to Guwahati on Thursday and produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Kokrajhar in lower Assam. The bail petition moved by Mevani’s advocate was rejected by Judge Nikunj Boro, who sent him to police custody for three days.

The judge in his order said the police won’t be able to take Mevani from Kokrajhar district during his police remand. Mevani was arrested based on an FIR filed by one Arup Kumar Dey in Kokrajhar police station on April 19, complaining about the lawmaker’s tweets against Modi.

The complaint read that the circulation of the tweet caused widespread resentment and has the propensity to disturb public tranquillity, besides being prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony among a certain class of people.

Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he is unaware about Mevani. “I don’t know. Who is he?” the chief minister asked when reporters sought his reaction to Mevani’s arrest.

“I’m not aware of the specifics,” he said, “Who will do vendetta politics when I don’t know him?” Sarma added that Mevani has legal aid to defend himself. Congress has claimed a “conspiracy” in Mevani’s arrest.

Party’s Assam unit chief Bhupen Borah claimed no details had been provided of the FIR based on which Mevani was arrested. He pointed out that Mevani is a vocal critic of the BJP and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological mentor).

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