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Sharjeel Imam, accused of treason, in 5-day police remand

Police said they needed the rabble-rouser in the custody for enough number of days to question him on the various aspects of his misconduct

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Sharjeel Imam, an organiser of the Shaheen Bagh protest and former student of IIT and JNU arrested on charges of treason, has been sent to five-day police remand. Earlier, the crime branch of Delhi Police had reached the Saket court with Imam and presented him before the judge.

DCP Rajesh Dev said the police sought a five-day remand of Sharjeel. He was arrested from Jahanabad in Bihar on Tuesday and brought from Patna to Delhi on Wednesday. After the arrest, Delhi Police took Imam on transit remand from the Jahanabad court.

Inflammatory and misleading speeches the PhD student of JNU’s Centre for History Studies made during demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and at other places had led to a surfeit of FIRs against him in several states.

The DCP said, “Police teams from other states can come to Delhi to question Sharjeel too.” He said that there was a need to take Imam on remand also because he had to be questioned thoroughly. Police sources said each round of interrogation will deal with a different aspect of sedition that Imam is charged with.

Before that, police will confirm the veracity of the videos of his controversial and inflammatory speeches. The official said that it was also necessary to find out who else was behind Imam.

A few days ago, two videos of Imam went viral. In these videos, he was sharing with the audience how to disintegrate India by cutting Assam off the country. Due to this, cases were registered against him in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh.

In the video that was shot in Aligarh, Sharjeel is heard saying, “Assam should be cut off from the rest of India. Spread the word that the government is killing both Hindus and Muslims in Assam or keeping them in detention centres. We must mobilise five lakh and Assam can be separated from India for a few months.”

Delhi Police arrested Sharjeel Imam on Tuesday afternoon from his house in the Kako police station area in Jahanabad, Bihar.

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