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India Congress candidate arrested over 'death threat'

Published on Mar 29, 2014 10:17 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Police arrested a politician from India's ruling Congress party on Saturday over a threat to chop fiery Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi "into little pieces" if he stirred religious violence in the nation's most populous state.

A video handed to police allegedly shows Imran Masood, fielded by Congress as a candidate in national elections in Uttar Pradesh state, making the threat against the hardline leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a rally.

Police said they had arrested Masood under hate speech laws, and that he had been remanded in custody for 14 days by a judge.

Masood will be detained while police investigate whether there are sufficient grounds to file formal charges against him.

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