New Delhi: An opposition MLA of Assam was on Tuesday arrested for making ‘objectionable’ remarks about the conditions of quarantine facilities in the state, calling it worse than detention camps. Also Read - Nepal's Coronavirus Cases Reach 2,300; Death Toll Rises to 9
Aminul Islam, the All India United Democratic Front (AIDUF) legislator from Dhing constituency was apprehended by the Assam Police early in the morning after preliminary interrogation over his controversial remarks. Also Read - ICC Cricket Committee Chief Anil Kumble Bats For More Spinner-friendly Pitches Post Lockdown to Maintain Balance
An audio clip containing a telephonic conversation purportedly between Islam and another person went viral on social media platforms where the MLA was heard talking “disparagingly” about the quarantine facilities and hospitals. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 2560 Cases, 122 Deaths in 24 Hours; Total Tally Crosses 74000-mark
He was purportedly heard saying that the living conditions in the COVID-19 quarantine facilities were dangerous and worse than detention camps for illegal migrants. He also accused the BJP government in Assam of deliberately targeting Muslims at these centres.
Assam already has detention centres where hundreds of suspected illegal migrants and doubtful citizens are lodged, including many Muslims.
“We have registered a case against him under various sections of the IPC for criminal conspiracy, spreading disaffection between communities, among others,” police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, adding that the Assam Assembly Speaker has been informed about the development.
Islam has been registered at Nagaon Sadar police station in Assam under sections 120(B), 150(A), 124(A), 295(A) of the IPC.