Sarjeel’s words more dangerous than Kanhaiya’s statement’: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Slamming JNU student Sharjeel Imam, who was booked under the charge of sedition and arrested earlier today from Bihar, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Imam is more dangerous than Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNU Students’ Union president who also spent time in jail over sedition charge.

Shah was addressing party workers and intellectuals at the party headquarters ‘Kushabhau Thakre Parisar’ in the Boriya-Kala area after chairing the Central Zonal Council meeting in Raipur, the media reported.

“Have you seen the video of Sharjeel? It is more dangerous than Kanhaiya Kumar’s statement. He is talking about cutting chicken neck ( a reference to the Siliguri Corridor) to disintegrate Assam from India… Seven generations will not be able to do that,” said Shah, adding that he will be sent to jail.

Imam had been booked for sedition by the police on January 26 after a video of his Assam comment shot on January 25 in Delhi went viral on social media.

Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, besides Delhi Police had registered cases against Imam under various sections, including sedition.

Imam was on the run since then. On Monday, the police arrested some of his acquaintances and relatives from Bihar.

Imam had disappeared from the police radar on January 25 evening. He was last seen in a meeting in Phulwari Sharif, Bihar.

Delhi Police had served a notice to him under Section 160 to record his statement in connection with the video.

Shah further said that Muslims born and living in the country will not lose their citizenship due to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and it is opposition which is misleading the country over the act.

The minister accused the Congress of misleading people and instigating riots in the country.

“I am assuring that Muslims born and living in the country will not lose their citizenship due to this legislation. This act is meant to grant citizenship not to snatch it… But they (Congress and other opposition parties) are spreading apprehensions, provoking a minority and instigating riots over CAA by lying to them that they will lose their citizenship,” Shah said.

Taking a swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Shah asked the Congress leader to let him know if there is any provision in the act that talks about taking away anyone’s citizenship.

In response, the Congress said that the BJP is rattled because of protests going on in the country and hence they are misleading people.

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