Assam police arrests Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani over tweet

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested by Assam Police from Palanpur town in Gujarat over a tweet and taken to Assam by air in the early hours as informed by the officials.

According to the official reports, the prominent Dalit leader from Gujarat was arrested soon after a First Information Report (FIR) under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with offenses related to promoting enmity between communities, was registered at Kokrajhar police station in Assam.

Suresh Jat his aide said “As per a document shared by the officials of the Assam police, an FIR has been lodged over a tweet by Mevani a few days back. However, the tweet has been withheld by Twitter. It was about Nathuram Godse. Mevani was first brought to Ahmedabad by road and then taken to Assam by air early today morning.”

The report further added that Mevani is independent MLA from Vadgam seat in Banaskantha. He recently joined Congress. In a statement, Mevani’s office said he was arrested by Assam police from Palanpur circuit House at 11:30 pm on Wednesday.

Gujarat Congress president Jagdish Thakor and other Congress leaders rushed to Ahmedabad Airport after learning about his arrest and shouted slogans against the BJP government.

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