Shaheen Bagh new epicentre for Delhi polls; Manipur, AP police too against Sharjeel

Shaheen Bagh new epicentre for Delhi polls; Manipur, AP police too against Sharjeel

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New Delhi, Jan 27: In broad hints that the law of the land could soon catch up with the controversial activist Sharjeel Imam visa-vis Shaheen Bagh protest, police in two more northeastern and BJP-ruled states Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have registered FIRs against him for waging war against the nation.

"The kind of provocation inciting secession of Assam and other NE states from rest of India, creating communal disharmony, hampering sovereignty & territorial integrity of India will not be tolerated," Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted. In Manipur, BJP sources said the state police have filed an FIR in connection with the 'objectionable video' under relevant sections 121/121-A/124-A/ 120-B /153 of IPC.

The Arunachal Pradesh crime branch filed a similar case against Imam and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by senior police official Navdeep S Brar is already probing the matter, sources said. The politics on matters related to Shaheen Bagh has blown up in view of the February 8 Delhi polls.

Home Minister Amit Shah during election campaign has said: “Your vote to BJP on February 8 will not only result in victory for the BJP candidate, but it will also secure the country and prevent incidents like Shaheen Bagh". "Shaheen Bagh is emerging as a textbook case of a few hundred people seeking to suppress the peaceful majority," BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here on Monday. Countering the BJP, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the saffron party of indulging in 'gandi rajniti (dirty politics)'. He suggested that BJP leaders should visit Shaheen Bagh, talk to the protestors and ensure opening of the route. The 42-day-long Shaheen Bagh protest was largely seen as anti-CAA agitation, but the BJP and some Sangh elements have suggested there has been motivated purpose behind the sit-in stir. An overwhelming number of women - mostly from a minority community - have been staging sit in dharna. Delhi Police have booked Sharjeel Imam, said to be one of the organisers of the anti-citizenship act protest in the Shaheen Bagh. Meanwhile, reports from Bihar said, Jehanabad cops and few officials from central agencies raided the ancestral home of Sharjeel Imam and also quizzed his relatives. Two of his relatives were reportedly detained but later let off. A graduate in computer science Sharjeel Imam had shifted to Delhi for pursuing research at the JNU. He has been booked by Aligarh police in Uttar Pradesh for a January 16 'inflammatory' speech. "If five lakh people are organised, we can cut off the northeast and India permanently," he is heard stating in a video that has gone viral. "Cutting off Assam is our responsibility. We know the condition of Muslims in Assam....," he reportedly said.

Assam police have lodged a case against him under the the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act. Imam's relatives in Bihar reportedly have stated that he was 'disturbed' by the CAA and thus had participated in the protest. Launching a broadside on both Congress and AAP for 'rendering' support to such protest, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted on Monday: "Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are both silent on this issue. But I want to say this to Congress clearly, that there will be no partition of India again". "No one is hearing the voice of the silent whose children are unable to go to schools and shops are closed and people are unable to go to offices," Mr Prasad said in reference to inconvenience caused to the people in Sarita Vihar and adjoining areas close to Shaheen Bagh. Delhi-Noida commuters have also started raising objections to the manner of the stir as increased traffic pressure on the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) route. Shaheen Bagh in South Delhi region has good connectivity to nearby commercial and official areas such as Noida, Nehru Place and Sarita Vihar.

".......To finish off India's independence, some kind of conspiracy is there in Shaheen Bagh. We have evidence to that effect," BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters on Saturday. On Friday, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said that the protest in Shaheen Bagh must be stopped forthwith. UNI