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Assam: Three activists associated with Miya museum detained in UAPA case

Three persons, including the president and general secretary of the Assam Miya Parishad, have been detained for their alleged association with terror outfits, PTI reported on Wednesday quoting Assam police.

On Tuesday night, Miya Parishad president M Mohar Ali was picked up from the museum when he was sitting on a dharna, while its general secretary Abdul Baten Sheikh was taken into custody from his residence in Alamganj of Dhubri district.

The third person is Tanu Dhadhumia, a professor at Naharkatia Junior College who inaugurated the museum.

All three were associated with the Miya museum inaugurated last Sunday. The private setup displaying the heritage of Bengali-origin Muslim group was sealed by the district administration on Tuesday.

They have been brought to Nalbari in connection with a case registered at the Ghograpar police station under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Police are investigating their alleged association with Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT), a senior police officer said.

While sealing the property, the civic body said the house used for the museum was allotted under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Hours before the crackdown, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the police will probe the source of funding for setting up the Miya Museum.

“From where they got the money to do this [set up museum], the police will investigate. It is time for the Assamese people or people of Indian origin to think. There will be a case in this regard,” Mr Sarma told reporters in Guwahati.

BJP lawmakers have launched a campaign against the community museum.

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