Guwahati: Sharjeel Imam, a PhD student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi who is currently lodged in Guwahati Central Jail in Assam for his seditious speech during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protest last year, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, said reports.
Imam was to be taken back to the national capital by a team of Delhi Police Special Cell, but before the transfer, he and Delhi Police team were screened for Covid-19. While the police team tested negative, the student activist tested positive.
Imam’s transfer has been postponed till he is cured of the disease and his report is negative, said reports.
This comes after Assam’s peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, and his associates Bittu Sonowal and Dharjyya Konwar, who were lodged in the same prison, had earlier tested positive for the virus.
It appears as if Guwahati Central Jail has become a hotspot of infections as at least 400 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 from the facility.
Imam was arrested from Bihar’s Jehanabad on January 28. He was one of the key organisers of Shaheen Bagh protests in New Delhi and allegedly raised ‘cut-off Assam’ slogans during the anti-CAA protests.