Patna: Delhi Police Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested JNU student and activist Sharjeel Imam, booked in a sedition case, from Bihar's Jehanabad.
The PhD student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University's Centre for Historical Studies, who came into the limelight during the ongoing protest in Shaheen Bagh against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has a number cases of sedition filed against him in several states — Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Delhi — over his "inflammatory" speeches made during protests.
"We have arrested Sharjeel Imam from Jehanabad," said Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh Deo. However, Imam on Twitter said he "surrendered" before the Delhi Police at 3 pm on Tuesday.
"I am ready and willing to operate with the investigation. I have full faith in due process of law. My safety and security are now in the hand of Delhi Police," he said.
The police had deployed five teams to locate Imam, a resident of Bihar, with raids conducted in Mumbai, Patna and Delhi.
A brother of Imam was picked up by the police on Tuesday in a fresh attempt to trace the anti-CAA activist. The police had also raided his ancestral home on Sunday as it went hunting for him, but Imam eluded the dragnet.
Imam is likely to be produced before a Bihar court where the police will seek his remand for questioning. It is not yet clear whether he will be questioned in Bihar or taken to the national capital.
Reacting to the arrest, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "If someone does something wrong, action will be taken. No one should go against the law. Whatever he said, what action will be taken is for the police and the court to decide."
The police said that Imam had delivered "very inflammatory and instigatory speeches in his opposition to CAA and NRC".