An FIR has been lodged against the alleged mastermind of Shaheen Bagh protest and former Jawaharlal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam on January 25th, 2020 for his alleged statement that Assam will be carved out of India.
“An FIR has been lodged against Sharjil Imam for his speech and inter alia commission of offence u/s 13 (1)/18 of the UA(P)ACT read with section 153 A, 153 B and 124 A IPC at Guwahati Crime Branch Police Station,” tweeted Assam’s ADG (Law & Order) GP Singh.
Earlier in the day, Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the “seditious” statement was made to create a law and order situation in the state.
Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Sarma said, “The main organizer of Shaheen Bagh protest, Sarjil has said that Assam should be cut off from the rest of India. The government has taken cognizance of this seditious statement and has decided to register a case against him.”
In a shocking video shared by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, Imam is seen making controversial statements saying that Muslims are in such numbers that they can cut out the entire Northeast from the rest of India “if not permanently than may be for few months”. In the video, addressing the protesters at Shaheen Bagh, Imam is heard saying that their aim is to “alienate” Assam and Northeast from India.
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