JNU poster boy Sharjeel Imam arrested by Delhi Crime Branch in Bihar, will he get appropriate punishment?

JNU student Sharjeel Imam has been arrested by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch from Bihar’s Jehanabad after he made an inflammatory speech against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.

Ever since the CAA was passed by the Parliament, violent protests have been taking place against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Amid the ongoing protest against CAA, a highly educated student from JNU tried to instigate people against CAA through his controversial speech. JNU is not only famous for education but also for producing protesting students.

A video was widely circulated on social media in which Imam can be heard saying, “If we all come together, then we can separate the Northeast from India. If we cannot do it permanently, then at least for one to two months, we can do this.”

It is our responsibility to cut Assam from India. When this happens, only then the government will listen to us,” he is heard saying further in the video. 

After his anti-national remarks, a sedition case was lodged against Sharjeel Imam in five states across the country. Now, Delhi Police has arrested Sharjeel Imam from Bihar.

In the inflammatory speech, Imam said that only 5 lakh people can cut Assam off from mainland India. While many are in total support of the Bill, there are a few who are against the bill. Needless to say, there are also a few people who literally have no idea about this bill, they are protesting just because others are doing. 

His anti-national statement comes at a time when protests have been going on at Shaheen Bagh in the national capital for over a month. Last month, the Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by the lower and upper houses of the parliament. This bill grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who left neighboring countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and came to India before the year 2015.

Just after the bill was passed and became an Act, social media was flooded with massive reactions to the passing of Bill and protesters from JNU and other universities held n number of rallies in order to show their anger against the CAA. Agitators in West Bengal vandalized government properties. They set trains on fire and blocked railway tracks during the protest, due to which the government has suffered a huge loss.

If the government’s policy goes in favor of JNU students, they will not protest. If any scheme or policy brings in the interest of the nation but not in favor of protesting students, they will go against it. 

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.