Patna: During the ongoing protest in Shaheen Bagh, activist Sharjeel Imam was brought before the limelight after delivering inflammatory speeches, has now been arrested from Jehanabad on Tuesday.
He has been slapped with sedition charges for inflammatory speeches against the amended Citizenship Act and the planned National Register of Citizens, officials said.
A former Jawaharlal Nehru University student, Imam delivered “very inflammatory and instigating speeches in his opposition to CAA and NRC”.
“He had previously delivered one such speech in Jamia Millia Islamia on December 13 last year and thereafter one even more inflammatory against the government which is being widely circulated on social media,” they said.
A case against Imam under IPC sections 124 A (an offence by words, either spoken or written causes disaffection against Government established by law), 153 A (promoting enmity between different religious groups with an intent to create disharmony) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) has been registered, the Delhi police said.
Imam was heard in an audio instigating the public to cut off Assam from the rest of India. He said that if five lakh people can be organised, then it would be easy enough to “permanently cut off Assam with rest of India..if not permanently, then at least for a few months”.