MBBS student among 14 arrested in Assam for pro-Taliban posts


The cyber crime unit of the State police helped pick them up from 10 districts.

A medical student was among 14 people arrested in Assam since Friday night for “adverse/objectionable” pro-Taliban posts on social media platforms.
Two each were arrested from Barpeta, Dhubri, Kamrup and Karimganj districts and one each from Cachar, Darrang, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Hojai and South Salmara districts.
A senior police officer said they were charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Information Technology Act and the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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The State’s Special Director-General of Police, G.P. Singh said one of the persons arrested is an MBBS student and three are Islamic clerics. The oldest person arrested was 65-year-old Maulana Basiruddin Laskar of Hojai district and the youngest was 23-year-old Arman Hussain of Hailakandi district.

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Hussain is a third-semester student at Tezpur Medical College.

“assampolice are taking stern legal action against pro #Taliban comments in the social media platform that are harmful to the National Security. We’re registering criminal cases against such persons,” tweeted Deputy Inspector-General of Police Violet Baruah on Saturday.

She appealed to the people to inform the police if they find objectionable content on social media.

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