NEW DELHI :
Putting an end to a manhunt for Jawaharlal Nehru University student Sharjeel Imam, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested the activist from Bihar's Jehanabad.
Imam, who has been booked for sedition under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), came under the scanner of police authorities following the delivery of several inflammatory speeches during the ongoing protests at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The doctoral student at JNU’s Centre for historical studies also has several other cases of sedition filed against him for his speeches across across Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi during the course of the protests against CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR).
On Tuesday, Imam was nabbed by the Delhi police, bringing to a close the Delhi’s police’s search for him.
The police on Tuesday confirmed that Imam had been arrested, after five teams had been deployed to search for him, with searches being conducted across Mumbai, Delhi and Patna.
Imam’s brother had also been picked up by the police on Tuesday, during the course of searches for him, prior to which his home had also been searched on Sunday.
The police will produce Imam before a Bihar court where they will seek his custody for further questioning.