JEHANABAD: Anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam, who was on the run after sedition charges were slapped against him for allegedly making inflammatory statements, was arrested from Bihar’s Jehanabad district on Tuesday, the state’s captain Gupteshwar Pandey said.
The JNU scholar was wanted by police of several states, including Uttar Pradesh , Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi.
“Sharjeel Imam has been arrested from his native Kako village in Jehanabad,” Bihar’s director-general of police Gupteshwar Pandey said.
Earlier within the day, Sharjeel Imam’s brother was picked up by police during a fresh plan to trace the anti-CAA activist.
Police had raided his ancestral home on Sunday because it went looking for him but Imam eluded the dragnet.
He is likely to be produced during a Bihar court where police will seek his remand for questioning. it’s not yet clear whether he are going to be questioned in Bihar or taken to the capital .
A graduate in computing from IIT-Mumbai, Imam had shifted to Delhi to pursue research at the Centre for Historical Studies at Nehru University.
He was slapped with a sedition case after a video of his purported speech went viral on social media during which he was heard speaking about “cutting off” Assam and therefore the Northeast from the remainder of India.
“If five lakh people are organised, we will stop the Northeast and India permanently. If not, a minimum of for a month or half a month. Throw the maximum amount ‘mawad’ (variously described as pus or rubbish) on rail tracks and roads that it takes the Air Force one month to clear it.
“Cutting off Assam (from India) is our responsibility, only then they (the government) will hear us. we all know the condition of Muslims in Assam….they are being put into detention camps,” he was shown within the video as saying.
Meanwhile, reacting to Imam’s arrest, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said people have the proper to protest but nobody can mention the country’s disintegration.
Kumar told reporters that police must have acted in accordance with law in arresting Imam and now the courts will take appropriate action.(Fa9news)