JEHANABAD: The police on Sunday night carried out a raid at the ancestral house of anti-CAA activist and JNU research scholar Sharjeel Imam after he was slapped with a sedition case in the national capital for alleged inflammatory speeches he gave at Shaheen Bagh and the Jamia Milia Islamia.
Quoting Jehanabad Superintendent of Police, Times of India reported that the action came on a request from central agencies for help in their investigation. Imam was not found at his house but two of his relatives and their driver were detained for interrogation and let off thereafter, the SP said.
A graduate in computer science from IIT-Mumbai, Sharjeel Imam had shifted to Delhi for pursuing research at the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU.
He was slapped with a sedition case after his alleged speeches went viral on the social media wherein he was heard speaking about Assam's possible secession from the country in the wake of the Citienship (Amendment) Act (CAA).
Earlier, he had been charged on similar charges at a police station in Aligarh for a speech he delivered on the AMU campus. Besides, a case under the stringent anti-terror law UAPA has also been registered against him in Assam.
Sharjeel Imam's late father Akbar Imam was a local JD (U) leader. His distraught mother Afshan Rahim told the media, that her son was innocent. “He is a bright young man and not a thief or a pickpocket. I do not know about his whereabouts, but I can guarantee that upon learning about the cases, he will appear before the investigating agencies and fully cooperate in the probe."
She said that it has been a long time since she met her son though she had a telephonic conversation with him a few weeks ago. "He was obviously disturbed by the CAA and fears of the National Register of Citiznes (NRC) about being implemented across the country which, he said, would affect not just Muslims but all poor people," she said.
In fact, after 15 days of Shaheen Bagh protest, he had asked the agitators there to withdraw and watch the situation for a month, and then decide on the further course of action, she said. "But they refused to relent. He was calling for a 'chakkajam' (road blockade). He is just a kid and not capable of instigating people for secession," she added (with inputs from Times of India).
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