JNU research scholar Sharjeel Imam has admitted to the Delhi Police that the viral video of a recent speech he gave at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is genuine.
He said he made the controversial remark about cutting the Silliguri Corridor, also known as the Chicken’s Neck, in the heat of the moment.
Sharjeel Imam has asserted that the video clip doing the rounds on social media doesn’t contain his full speech.
The JNU scholar has been booked for sedition and other charges in several states. In its FIR, the Delhi Police cited a speech he made in Jamia Millia Islamia, as well as the “even more inflammatory” one that went viral.
COPS THINK AMU SPEECH WAS PLANNED
The Delhi Police Crime Branch and special cell officers believe that Sharjeel Imam didn’t give the AMU speech in the heat of the moment — rather, it was part of a well-planned strategy.
Sharjeel made the comments during an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest at the varsity.
He was later arrested in Jehanabad in Bihar.
Sharjeel Imam had gone to Phulwarisharif near Patna to participate in another anti-CAA/NRC protest. He went underground in Patna, where he came to know about the sedition charges in the FIR registered against him in connection with his AMU speech.
Sharjeel had gone to his parental village — Kako in Jehanabad — where he was arrested by a joint team from the Bihar and Delhi police.
Sharjeel Imam was an active member of the anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.