Calls for cutting off surface communication with Northeast India from the mainland were allegedly made during the ongoing protest at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.
Sharjeel Imam, one of the organisers of the Shaheen Bagh protest, who also claims to be a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, on January 25 triggered a fresh row after a video of him calling a community to split Northeast from India went viral.
In the video, captured at Shaheen Bagh, Sharjeel can be seen calling to split Northeast from India to stop implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“We know how Muslims are being treated in Assam. We have to save people from the NRC. The only way to do it is by cutting Northeast from India,” Sharjeel was seen saying.
He also went ahead to explain the strategy and urged a community to unite for the same.
“Agar hum 5 lakh bhi sath aa jaye to Assam ko, Northeast ko India se alag ker de. Agar permanently nahi to 1-2 mahine ke liye to kr hi denge,” (Even if 5 lakh of us come together, we can split Assam and Northeast from India. If not permanently, at least for one-two months,” Sharjeel could be seen addressing a group of protesters.
“We would put so much debris on roads and rails that they would keep clearing the path, Sharjeel told a cheering crowd. Phir uda lena airforce, (Then use the air force to reach Northeast),” Sharjeel added.