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Sedition charge on student

The JNU student was seen and heard advocating a division of the country in a video

By A Staff Reporter in Guwahati

  • Published 26.01.20, 2:21 AM
  • Updated 26.01.20, 2:21 AM
Sharjeel Imam
Sharjeel Imam (Pic: Facebook/ Sharjeel Imam)

Police in Assam and Uttar Pradesh have registered sedition cases against Sharjeel Imam, who was involved in the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) agitation at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi in the initial stages, for allegedly making provocative statements.

Sharjeel, a JNU student, allegedly made the comments while addressing students of Aligarh Muslim University on January 16.

Akash Kulhare, senior superintendent of police of Aligarh, said: “The police have invoked the sedition charge against the JNU student on the basis of a video in which he was seen and heard advocating a division of the country. We have formed police teams to arrest the accused.”

Assam’s additional director-general of police (law and order), G.P. Singh, tweeted that an FIR had been lodged against Sharjeel.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told a news conference on Saturday morning said the state government had already taken cognisance of the “seditious” statement and would register a case against him.

Sharjeel could not be contacted by this newspaper for comment till Saturday night.