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Covid-19: Assam MLA arrested for allegedly saying quarantine facilities worse than detention centre

An Opposition MLA in Assam was on Tuesday arrested for allegedly making controversial remarks about the condition of quarantine facilities and the hospitals treating coronavirus patients in the state, PTI reported. All India United Democratic Front leader Aminul Islam allegedly said that they are “worse than detention centres”.

A purported audio clip of Islam’s conversation with another person was shared on social media, where he allegedly said that the living conditions in Assam’s coronavirus quarantine centers were worse than those at the detention centres for “illegal migrants”.

Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said Islam was apprehended early on Tuesday morning after preliminary interrogation in the case. “We have registered a case against him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy, spreading disaffection between communities, among others,” Mahanta said. He added that the state Assembly Speaker has been informed about the arrest.

The MLA also accused the Assam government of conspiring against the Muslims, NorthEast Now reported. He also alleged that the hospital staff at the quarantine centres were harassing those who returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat conference held in Nizamuddin area of Delhi last month. Islam claimed that they were giving injections to the healthy people to show that they are sick.

The health ministry has attributed the…

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