The Manipur police has lodged an FIR against former JNU student Sharjeel Imam for his "seditious" comment in the wake of the amended Citizenship Act.
Sharjeel Imam has been charged under IPC sections 121 A(conspiracy to wage war against India), 124 A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 153 which relates to "promotingenmity between different religious groups with an intent tocreate disharmony", the police said.
The FIR was lodged against Imam on Saturday for a speech he delivered at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on January 16. "Taking cognisance of the objectionable video of Mr Sharjeel Imam, in which he threatened to sever Northeast fromthe rest of country, the Manipur Police has filed an FIR (No.16(1)2020 IPS) under sections 121/121-A/124-A/ 120-B /153IPC, tweeted Rajat Sethi, an advisor to Manipur CM. Chief Minister N Biren Singh shared his tweet.
Sharjeel Imam's alleged speeches went viral on social media wherein he was heard saying that Assam and other northeast states should be cut off from the rest of the country in the wake of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).