Sharjeel Imam, the chief coordinator of Shaheen Bagh protest is booked by Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Assam Police for his controversial "cut off Assam from India" speech
New Delhi: On Sunday (January 26), the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police booked Sharjeel Imam, the co-ordinator of Shaheen Bagh protests, for his controversial "cut off Assam from India" speech that he made a few days ago at the protest site.
Imam has been slapped with charges of sedition and inciting enmity between communities under Sections 124A, 153A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
"It was noticed that one Sharjeel Imam, permanent resident of Bihar and former student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been delivering very inflammatory and instigating speeches in his opposition to CAA and NRC. He had previously delivered one such speech in Jamia on December 13 and thereafter has given one even more inflammatory and instigating speech against the government, which is being widely circulated on social media," the Delhi Police said.
"These speeches have the potential to harm the harmony between different religious segments of the society and the unity and integrity of India. SIT Crime Branch has registered a case FIR under sections 124A, 153A and 505 against Imam for delivering the controversial speeches," they added.
Also, a case has been registered against Imam by Uttar Pradesh Police for his controversial speech delivered during the students protest at Aligarh Muslim University on January 16 against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Assam Police too registered an FIR against Imam for allegedly inciting people to "cut off" Assam from the rest of India.
A series of videos have gone viral on social media in which Imam, the chief coordinator of Shaheen Bagh protest, is heard saying: "If we all come together, then we can separate the Northeast from India. If we cannot do it permanently, then at least for 1-2 months we can do this."
"It is our responsibility to cut Assam from India. When this happens, only then the government will listen to us," he is heard saying further in the video.
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