Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that all “Taliban sympathizers” in the state are under the scanner of the police. 

This statement the Assam chief minister comes just days after the police arrested 16 people from different parts of the state for “supporting Taliban”. 

“Many people in Assam are under the scanner of the state police for sympathizing Taliban,” said chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. 

CM Sarma further said that the Assam police has arrested only those individuals “whose social media posts hint at violent intents”. 

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The Assam chief minister clarified that social media posts, for which 16 people were arrested, advocated armed struggle. 

“I am very happy to see that even the Muslim community in Assam has supported the arrests,” Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma added. 

Among those arrested so far include an Assam Police constable, a senior leader of the state unit of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a medical student and a journalist. 

The arrested persons have been booked under sections of UAPA, IT Act and CrPC. 

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