GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said Muslims in Assam have supported the arrest of those who wrote pro-Taliban posts on social media.
“Those people supported armed struggle by Taliban. Assam is a very sensitive state and so we have requested from the very beginning to avoid such sensitive posts on social media which may be a reason for communal tension. Some people did not listen to us. So we have arrested them. I am very happy that even the Muslim community from Assam has supported those arrests,” Sarma said.
So far, a total of 16 people have been arrested from different corners of the state for supporting the Taliban on social media. He further said that though many people were picked up, only those people showing violent intentions have got arrested.
“We have not arrested everyone, some we have brought to the Thana and counselled them, after which they have deleted their posts and gone back. We have arrested those people who showed violent intent in their social media posts. Many people are on the watch list”, said the Chief Minister.
He further said that as Assam is a very communally sensitive state, it is extremely necessary to maintain harmony among religious communities.
“35% people here belong to religious minority and 65% belongs to the majority community. There are many districts where people from minority communities are almost 70%. That’s why we have requested that for some events which have happened outside the jurisdiction of this country, there is no need to post such things,” he said.
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