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Sharjeel Imam arrested in Bihar, handed over to Delhi Police on transit remand

Sharjeel Imam arrested in Bihar, handed over to Delhi Police on transit remand

Jehanabad: Anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam, on the run after sedition charges were slapped against him for allegedly making inflammatory speeches, was on Tuesday arrested from Bihar's Jehanabad district where a court handed him over to a Delhi police team on transit remand.

The JNU scholar was wanted by the police of several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Delhi.

Jehanabad Superintendent of Police Manish Kumar said Imam, who was arrested from a place in Kako police station area, was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate R K Rajak where he was handed over to a Delhi police team on transit remand for 36 hours.

The Delhi police team subsequently left this central Bihar district and Imam is expected to be taken to the national capital, he added.

According to the SP, Sharjeel Imam was arrested in the afternoon from a place close to his ancestral house, hours after his younger brother Muzzamil Imam was picked up for questioning and grilled by police.

The officer did not disclose further details though unconfirmed reports said that the JNU scholar, who had arrived in his native district the previous night, was hiding in a mosque to which he was guided by a close relative.

Police had earlier raided his ancestral home on Sunday when it went hunting for him but Imam eluded the dragnet.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reacted to the development, saying the arrested student activist "ought to have an understanding of the country's Constitution and the law....if anybody talks about India's disintegration, who is going to accept this".

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