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Anti CAA activist from JNU Sharjeel Imam arrested for inflammatory speech

Anti CAA activist Sharjeel Imam has been arrested in Jehanabad district of Bihar on Tuesday on the sedition charges for making inflammatory statements to promote violence.

He was on the run after he was booked for sedition charges and police from many states were searching for him in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh. He was caught in his native place Kako village in Jehanabad.

His brother was questioned by the police to find out the anti-CAA activist previously. His ancestral home was raided by the police on Sunday but he escaped.

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Police will produce him in a Bihar court and seek his remand for quizzing him. He may be questioned in Bihar or may be shifted to Delhi.

He was a graduate in computer science from IIT Mumbai and shifted to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to study research at Centre for Historical Studies in JNU.

A sedition case was filed against him when a video of his speech went viral on social media in which he spoke about cutting off Assam and Northeast from the rest of India.

In the video it is shown him saying: “If five lakh people are organised, we can cut off the Northeast and India permanently. If not, at least for a month or half a month. Throw as much ‘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 listen to us. We know the condition of Muslims in Assam….they are being put into detention camps,”.

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar reacted to his arrest and said that even though people have the right to protest but nobody should talk about the country’s disintegration.

Police have done their duty according to the law and the court will take proper action.

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