The police on Tuesday morning detained brother of anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam, who has been booked on sedition and other charges in several states for his alleged “inflammatory” speeches on India.
News agency ANI said, “Jehanabad police detain brother of JNU student and co-coordinator of Shaheen Bagh protests Sharjeel Imam.”
He is being questioned at Jehanabad in Bihar. Another person has also been detained. The identity of the second person, however, hasn’t been ascertained yet.
Jehanabad Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar had on Monday said police swooped on Imam’s ancestral house in Kako police station area on Sunday night after “help was sought by central agencies”. Imam was not to be found but two of his relatives and their driver were detained for interrogation and let off thereafter, the officer had said.
Police teams from Bihar and Delhi conducted multiple raids on Monday in different parts of the country to catch Sharjeel Imam. The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police, which has registered a sedition case against him, deployed five teams to locate Imam and conducted raids in the national capital, Mumbai and Patna. However, he could not be found.
Bihar: Jahanabad police detain brother of JNU student&co-coordinator of Shaheen Bagh protests Sharjeel Imam. Delhi Police y’day conducted raids in Mumbai, Patna, Delhi to look for Sharjeel Imam & arrest him for his “cut off Assam from India” remark he allegedly made few days ago
— ANI (@ANI) January 28, 2020
Police in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have also lodged FIRs against Imam, one of the organisers of the Shaheen Bagh protest, over his speech in which he threatened to “cut off” Assam and the northeast from the rest of the country. He had been booked in Assam and Uttar Pradesh earlier.
Sharjeel Imam is a graduate in computer science from IIT-Mumbai, Imam had shifted to Delhi for pursuing research at the Centre for Historical Studies at the JNU.
He was slapped with a sedition case after his alleged speeches went viral on social media where he was heard speaking about “cutting off” Assam and the northeast from India.
Earlier, he had been booked on similar charges by Aligarh police in Uttar Pradesh for a speech he delivered on the AMU campus. The cases were lodged after Imam’s purported video emerged where he spoke about cutting off the northeast from India if “five lakh people stand organised”.
Following the FIRs, chief proctor of the JNU summoned Imam to appear before him by February 3 and explain his position on the alleged provocative speeches made by him.