Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta on February 6th, 2020 said that JNU student and alleged mastermind of Shaheen Bagh protest Sharjeel Imam will be brought to Assam after taking a production warrant.
“He will be brought to Guwahati. A team of Guwahati Police is camping in Delhi. As soon as Delhi Police’s remand expires, we will take his custody,” Gupta said.
Imam was arrested from Kako village in Bihar’s Jehanabad district on January 28th, 2020 and brought to Delhi on transit remand. A Delhi court on February 3rd, 2020 extendedImam’s police custody by three days.
The JNU student has been booked by police of six states – Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi – for sedition for his provocative speeches had stoked controversy with his “cut off Assam from India” remark. He has been slapped with charges of sedition and inciting enmity between communities under Sections 124A, 153A and 505 of the IPC.
In a widely shared shocking video, Imam is seen making controversial statements saying that Muslims are in such numbers that they can cut out the entire Northeast from the rest of India “if not permanently than may be for few months”.
In the video, Imam says, “If we have 5 lakh organised people then we can permanently cut North-east from India or at least for one-two month. Put so much (unclear) on the roads and tracks that they cannot even remove it for a month. It is our responsibility to isolate Assam from India, then only they will listen to our voice.”
He adds, “It is our responsibility to cut Assam from India. You know what is happening to the Muslims in Assam…NRC is already applied there, they have been put in detention centers. We may come to know that in the coming six-eight months all Bengalis have been killed either Hindu or Muslim. If we want to help Assam, then we will have to stop the way to Assam for the Indian Army and other supplies. We can do it because the Chicken neck of India (Siliguri Corridor) belongs to the Muslims.”
As per reports, Imam is a graduate in computer science from IIT-Mumbai and had shifted to Delhi for pursuing research at the Centre for Historical Studies at the JNU.
Photo credit: /sharjeel.imam/