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Sedition Case Against Shaheen Bagh Protest ‘Mastermind’ Sharjeel Imam For 'Cut Assam From India' Comment

Addressing A Press Conference, Assam Finance Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma Said Imam Was Heard Saying In An Audio Clip That The State Should Be Cut-off From The Rest Of India And Taught A Lesson.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 25 Jan 2020, 06:07:23 PM
Sedition case against Shaheen Bagh protest ‘mastermind’ Sharjeel Imam for 'cut Assam from India' comment

Sedition case against Shaheen Bagh protest ‘mastermind’ Sharjeel Imam for 'cut Assam from India' comment (Photo Credit: File image)

New Delhi:

The Assam government on Saturday registered a sedition case against Sharjeel Imam, the alleged mastermind of the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi, for his "seditious" comment "aimed" at disrupting law and order in the state.

Addressing a press conference, Assam Finance Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma said Imam was heard saying in an audio clip that the state should be cut-off from the rest of India and taught a lesson, as Bengalis -- both Hindus and Muslims -- are being killed or put into detention centres.

“The Assam government has taken cognisance of this very seditious statement and we will register a case against this individual," Sarma earlier in the day said.


"A lot of wrong things have been said by this individual, aimed to create law and order situation in Assam... They want to destroy India. We will bring this person to the court so that he is punished in accordance with the law," he added.

Thousands of people, including women and children, have been protesting since December 15 at Shaheen Bagh and nearby Jamia Millia Islamia against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The minister said the state government has verified the authenticity of the audio clip.

"The entire pattern of protests against the CAA has the same narrative in both Assam and the rest of the country. It has been fanned by members of a particular community," Sarma alleged.

"A section of this community wants to create another Pakistan out of India and we cannot allow it. We have to be vigilant against these forces," he said.

The people of the Northeast and Assam will never allow this. Assam is an integral part of India, Sarma said.

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First Published : 25 Jan 2020, 05:29:28 PM