Former student activist Sharjeel Imam tests COVID-19 positive in Guwahati jail, says 600 out of 1100 inmates infected

Sharjeel Imam, JNU’s former student activist who is lodged in Guwahati Central Jail has tested positive for Coronavirus on Tuesday. Sharjeel was imprisoned after being accused of making inflammatory speeches at anti- CAA protests and was carried sedition charges.

According to the claims made by the former JNU student, 600 out of 1100 jail inmates from Guwahati central prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

This information was brought to light by his brother, Muzzammil Imam, who is also a Social and Political activist. On Tuesday he tweeted, “As per the conversation between my brother Sharjeel Imam and his advocate, it has been informed to us that Sharjeel has been tested positive for Covid-19. He further informed about the unmanageable condition of the Guwahati Central Jail where over 600 inmates (out of 1100) have tested positive and very few are being given proper medical facilities. Hundreds of positive patients are being forced to live in inhumane conditions inside the jail premises itself.”

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Almost a week before, Muzzammil shared a tweet describing the worrisome condition of the Guwahati prison as told by his brother Sharjeel, his tweet read “My brother Sharjeel Imam informed me that the situation in the jail is worrisome. The jail administration is trying its best but lack of infrastructure is making it difficult. He wants better facilities for all the inmates.”

Sharjeel was brought on transit by Assam police from Delhi after he was accused of inciting riots by making inflammatory comments about “cutting off” the northeast state Assam from the country. He had made this comment at an anti-CAA protest rally in Aligarh.
Before this, the Delhi Police arrested him from Bihar under the stringent UAPA law( Unlawful Activities prevention ACT) for his alleged inflammatory statements made during anti- CAA protests.

“Delhi Police Special Cell had applied for his production warrant in Assam as he is lodged at Guwahati Central Jail and he was going to be presented before a Delhi Court on July 25 but will not be produced now,” Delhi Police sources told news agency ANI.

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