'Our aim is to cut Assam and North-East from India': Former JNU student Sharjeel Imam; who is he?

Shaheen Bagh, the anti-CAA-NRC-NPR protest ground has again made it to top headlines but for a wrong reason this time. In a recent video doing the rounds on social media from the protest shows a former JNU student making controversial statements.

Sharjeel Imam, the person in the video has made a controversial statement saying that Muslims are in such numbers that they can out the entire Northeast from the rest of India.

"If we have five lakh organised people then we can cut the North-east from rest of India. Our responsibility is to cut Assam from India then Government will hear our voice. If we have to help Assam then we will have to cut Assam from rest of India," said Sharjeel in the video.

Sharjeel is also an IT Bombay and IIT Powai alumni and has written columns for The Wire, Firstpost and The Quint. According to reports, he is also the Shaheen Bagh Coordination Committee chief.

Yesterday, Sharjeel had also shared a post on Facebook in which he had written, “The model of Shaheen Bagh protest is of Road Blockade, rest are secondary, understand the difference between chakka jam (Road Blockade) and dharna (Protest), Do protest in every city, tell the people about the chakka jam (Road Blockade), and then prepare and sit on the National Highways.”

शाहीन बाग का मॉडल चक्का जाम का है, बाक़ी सब सेकेंडरी हैं, चक्का जाम और धरने में फ़र्क समझिए, हर शहर में धरने कीजिए, उसमे लोगों को चक्का जाम के बारे में बताइए, और फिर तैयारी करके हाईवे्ज़ पर बैठ जाइए.

Posted by Sharjeel Imam on Friday, January 24, 2020

After the video went viral on social media, Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma hit out at Sharjeel and said that he should be cut off from the rest of India.

"The main organizer of Shaheen Bagh protest (in Delhi), Sarjil has said that Assam should be cut off from the rest of India. The state government has taken cognizance of this seditious statement and has decided to register a case against him," Sarma told news agency ANI.

BJP's spokesperson Sambit Patra also slammed the former JNU student over the viral video. He took to Twitter saying, "Friends, see the reality of Shaheen Bagh."

The Shaheen Bagh protest has been going on since December 15 last year. Protestors have blocked Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch causing inconvenience to daily commuters. The Delhi High Court had earlier asked the Delhi Police to look into the matter of blockage of Kalindi Kunj road due to the protest at Shaheen Bagh.

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