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Assam Police arrests Gujarat MLA, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani

By Priyanka Verma 
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Guwahati: Gujarat Congress leader and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested late on Wednesday night by Assam Police. He was arrested from Palanpur Circuit House and is being taken to Guwahati. Mevani is said to have been arrested for a tweet.

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“Police yet to share FIR copy with us. Prima facie, we have been informed about some cases filed against him in Assam,” said Mevani’s team.

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The reason behind the arrest of Mr Mevani, a Dalit leader and convenor of political party Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, is not clear yet. His Twitter account however, shows that some recent tweets by him have been withheld due to a request by authorities.

The Assam Police, which arrested Mr Mevani, plan to take him from Ahmedabad to Guwahati today.

Jignesh Mevani is the Member of Legislative Assembly or MLA from Gujarat’s Vadgam. He is a lawyer activist and former journalist. He is an independent MLA, but has extended support to the Congress.

Jignesh Mevani along with political activist and JNU’s former students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar had held a press conference with Congress’s Rahul Gandhi in September last year, where Mr Kumar had joined the Congress party and Mr Mevani extended his support to Mr Gandhi till the end of his term as an independent MLA, following which he would join the Congress.

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