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Assam: Jignesh Mevani’s Bail Plea Rejected, Sent to 3-Day Police Custody

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Guwahati: A lower court in Assam’s Kokrajhar district while rejecting the bail petition of Gujrat’s  MLA Jignesh Mevani sent him to police custody for three days on Thursday.

Mevani was arrested by the Assam Police from Gujarat late on Wednesday, 20 April, for two of his tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nathuram Godse that went viral and allegedly “pose a threat to disturb tranquillity”. The tweets, however, were removed by Twitter later.

Twitter withheld the two tweets in question in response to a legal demand. Mevani, the convenor of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, was later flown to Assam.

In the complaint filed by one local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arup Kumar Dey at Kokrajhar Police Station against Mevani alleged that Mevani in one of his tweets, had written that PM Modi worships Godse.

The complainant claimed that the tweet was not only derogatory but also a threat to public peace and harmony and can create communal tension.  Subsequently, he was apprehended from the Palanpur Circuit House at around 11:30 pm on Wednesday and the flown to Assam’s Kokrajhar.

The complaint against Mevani, filed by local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arup Kumar Dey at Kokrajhar Police Station, stated that the 41-year-old leader, in one of his tweets, had said, “PM Modi worships Godse” and “…that the PM on his Gujarat visit must make an appeal for harmony in light of the recent events of communal violence in the state”.

Earlier, Assam chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said he was not aware of Mevani’s identity.

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