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Other Political Prisoners Have Suffered More: Jignesh Mevani

Gujarat Congress MLA Jignesh Mevani recounts those ‘nine days’ when he was arrested twice by Assam Police

Other Political Prisoners Have Suffered More: Jignesh Mevani
Photograph: Apoorva Salkade

On April 19, Gujarat MLA and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani was arrested by a team of Assam Police from Banaskantha district in his home state over a tweet that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Flown to Guw­ahati the next day and lodged in different police stations, he was granted bail on April 25 by a cou­rt in Kokrajhar. However, Mevani, 41, was arrested immediately afterwards for allegedly assaulting a woman police officer. He was released on April 29 after a court in Barpeta granted him bail while criticising the state police for “false charges” against him. The Assam Police have since then moved the Gauhati high court challenging the lower court’s bail order. In an exclusive interview to Syeda Ambia Zahan, the legislator narrates his ordeal. Edited excerpts.

Day before ‘nine days’

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