Radical Islamist Sharjeel Imam arrested from Bihar

JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who has made the controversial statement “cut off Assam”, leading to sedition charges, was arrested on Tuesday from his home town Jahanabad in Bihar by Delhi Police after a four-day manhunt.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Crime Branch Rajesh Dev said, “Our team present in Bihar has caught Sharjeel. He was arrested from the Kako police station area in Jehanabad. At present, the team has taken him to the Kako police station for legal proceedings. He will be brought to Delhi after we get a transit remand.”

A tweet by an Ultra Left activist claimed Imam had surrendered before the police. Imam, who has been on the run ever since making the controversial statement, has been booked for sedition by the police on January 26 after a video of his Assam comment shot on January 25 in Delhi went viral on social media.

Meanwhile, ultra-Left and jihadi groups have put up fervent defence of Imam, saying he meant only blockade of Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, besides Delhi Police had registered cases against Imam under various sections, including sedition. Imam was on the run since then. On Monday, the police arrested some of his acquaintances and relatives from Bihar.

Imam had disappeared from the police radar on January 25 evening. He was last seen in a meeting in Phulwari Sharif, Bihar.

Delhi Police had served a notice to him under Section 160 to record his statement in connection with the video.

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