JNU student Sharjeel Imam surrender in Bihar

JNU student Sharjeel Imam who has been charged with sedition for calling on CAA protesters to ‘block roads in Assam’, has surrendered to Delhi Police on Tuesday evening.

Sharjeel will be brought to Delhi for production before the magistrate, lawyer of Sharjeel told.

“I have surrendered to the Delhi Police on 28 1 2020 at 3 PM. I am ready and willing to operate with the investigation. I have full faith in due process of law. My safety and security are now in the hand of Delhi Police. Let peace prevail,” Sharjeel Imam tweeted.

Five states have charged Sharjeel Imam, a PhD student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, with sedition and other serious offences. The states include Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Delhi and the charges include offences under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

The cases are based on a speech he allegedly made at Aligarh Muslim University, on January 16. In a video recording of the speech, Sharjeel called on protesters to organize protests in the form of roadblocks and shutdowns in Assam. Police officials and many BJP owned media outlets claimed that Sharjeel purportedly said that India and the North East could be “permanently cut” if “five lakh people can be organised” in his speech. While the police said the speech promotes violence and secessionism, Sharjeel clarified he was asking for a blockade.

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