Guwahati: The crime branch of Assam Police is likely to seek extension for the custody of Sharjeel Imam, who is currently being quipped by the crime branch at Panbazar PS, Guwahati.
Sources in Assam Police (Crime Branch) inform the EastMojo that the the department is planing to take Sharjeel Imam into their custody for a longer period which may help them to investigate into the matter in a proper way.
The sources, however, didn’t mention much on the issue for the greater interest of the case.
Imam was arrested for his seditious slogans asking for cutting off Assam and Northeast from the rest of the country. He is also one of the main organisers of Shahhen Bagh protest and a former JNU student.
Imam was brought to Guwahati from New Delhi on Thursday, and taken to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital before being produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Kamrup (M). Assam crime branch sought 14 days custody, but they were given 4.
Shantanu Bhattacharya, public prosecutor, said that Sections 121 A, 124 A, 153 A, B, read with Section 13 (1) of IPC and 15 A (iii), 18 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act have been pressed against Imam.
He was brought to Guwahati to be interrogated in a sedition case registered against him for his controversial speech delivered during the anti-CAA protests held at Shaheen Bagh. Sharjeel allegedly made certain seditious statements like “Assam should be cut off from rest of India”.
Taking cognizance of the comment and after verifying the authenticity of the audio clip, the Assam government registered a case against him.
A team of Assam Police personnel and Tihar Jail officials accompanied Sharjeel to Guwahati. The former JNU student was arrested from Jehanabad in Bihar on January 28.
A team of Assam Police who was camping in New Delhi for the past few days was handed over the custody of Sharjeel by the Patiala House court earlier on Wednesday.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members staged a massive protest outside Guwahati Railway Station as Sharjeel was being dropped in amid tight security.