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Panchayat president, ex-official held for Assam violence

GUWAHATI: A sitting and former panchayat president each of adjoining villages in Assam’s Dholpur were arrested late on Sunday for allegedly conspiring to incite the mob violence that led to two deaths in police firing on illegal settlers during an eviction drive last week. Amid the crackdown, Congress appeared to take a step back by clarifying that standing up for “human rights” didn’t mean it would oppose the eviction of thousands of illegal settlers. The two arrests were made within a day of chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma naming Popular Front of India (PFI) as the “third force” behind […]

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