Student activist Sharjeel Imam tested positive for COVID-19

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Published: July 21,2020 11:06 PM
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July 21, 2020: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD student Sharjeel Imam, lodged in Guwahati Central Jail for an alleged inflammatory speech at an anti-CAA protest last year, tested positive

July 21, 2020: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD student Sharjeel Imam, lodged in Guwahati Central Jail for an alleged inflammatory speech at an anti-CAA protest last year, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.



Imam was arrested and brought to the state after his comments calling for Assam to be “cut off” from the rest of the country — which he had explained as a call for “chakka jam”. He was initially an active volunteer at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act.



He is accused of conducting “inflammatory and instigating speeches” against the government on the CAA and National Register for Citizens (NRC) and was booked under IPC sections 124A (sedition), 153A and 505.



Earlier, activist Akhil Gogoi — and his associates Bittu Sonowal and Dhairjya Konwar — lodged with Imam in the Guwahati jail tested positive for Covid-19.



At least 435 inmates of the Guwahati Central Jail — which houses a little over 1,000 prisoners — have tested positive.