“Cut off Assam from India” says former JNU student Sharjeel Imam


GUWAHATI/DELHI: Former JNUSU member and Shaheen Bagh Coordination committee chief Sharjeel Imam sparked controversy after he reportedly said at a protest, “Do you know what is happening to Assamese Muslims? NRC is already applied there. They have been put in detention centres. We may come to know that in 6-8 months all Bengalis have been killed – Hindu or Muslim. If we want to help Assam, then we will have to stop the way to Assam for the Indian Army and other supplies.”

According to a Republic TV report, Sharjeel instructed Muslims in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh on Friday to cut off Assam from India by blocking the railways, roads. Claiming the detention of Assamese Muslims in the state’s camps due to exclusion from NRC, Imam is seen instigating Muslims to ‘use their anger productively’.

“If we have 5 lakh organised people then we can permanently cut north-east from India or at least for one month. It is our responsibility to isolate Assam from India, then only they will listen to us,” said Sharjeel.