Court reserves order on Jignesh Mevani bail plea, Congressmen court arrest

A court in Assam’s Barpeta district on Thursday reserved its order on the bail plea of ​​Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, where he is accused of “attacking” a policeman while he was being brought from Guwahati to Kokrajhar. Mevani’s lawyer Anshuman Bora told PTI that the District and Sessions Court has reserved the order on his bail plea till Friday.

“We presented our arguments before the court. The prosecution tried to seek adjournment. But the court rejected it and asked them to present their arguments today itself,” he said.

The Congress, which has politically supported Mevani, took out a protest march against the arrest of the Dalit leader, which resulted in the detention of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief.

Jignesh Mevani was last week caught by the Assam Police from Gujarat and arrested in a case against him for an alleged tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “considers Godse as God”.

The Independent MLA from Banaskantha’s Vadgam seat, who has pledged his support to the Congress, used the same tweet to appeal to Modi for communal harmony during his Gujarat visit, according to an FIR at Kokrajhar police station, accessed by PTI. was done, said.

After being released on bail in the case over his tweet, the Dalit leader from Gujarat was arrested again for allegedly attacking a policeman, who was part of the police post, who had accompanied him to Kokrajhar. The Congress continued its protest for Mevani’s release, even as Prime Minister Modi visited different parts of the northeastern state.

Party MPs, MLAs, former MPs and MLAs, Youth Congress, NSUI, Seva Dal members and officials of all cells and organs of the party participated in the protests in various parts including Barpeta and Guwahati. APCC President Bhupen Kumar Bora led a silent march here and took out a procession from the city streets to the party office.

Barpeta Superintendent of Police Amitabh Sinha told PTI that the protesters were not allowed to proceed due to lack of necessary permission and were taken into custody by the police.

“They had not taken permission for any demonstration and had to be detained when they tried to protest,” Sinha said.

He said that prohibitory orders under CrPC 144 are in force in the district.

Speaking to reporters here, Bora questioned the complaint on the basis of which Mevani was arrested by the Barpeta police.

“How is it possible to molest a woman officer when other officers were present and that too inside a police vehicle?” he questioned.

Taking a jibe at the ruling party, Bora also said, “The state government is spending Rs 30 crore to welcome Modi while another honorable MLA from the same state is being arrested for assaulting a police officer.” Used to be.” Party MLAs and senior members also protested in Guwahati, claiming that Mevani’s arrest was “unconstitutional”.

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