New Delhi: The Mumbai Police has launched a hunt for a group of people who were caught on camera raising slogans in favour of arrested Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam at an LGBTQ parade in the city on Saturday.Also Read - Sharjeel Imam Admits That Viral Video is Genuine, Believes India Should be Islamic State: Delhi Police
In a video which went viral on social media, a group of participants was seen raising the slogan of ‘Sharjeel tere sapno ko manzil tak pahunchayenge‘ (We will make your dreams come true, Sharjeel) at the march-called the Mumbai Pride Solidarity Gathering 2020-which was organised at the Azad Maidan. Also Read - Delhi Court Sends Sharjeel Imam to 5-Day Police Custody For Alleged Hate Speeches at Shaheen Bagh
Reacting to the controversy on Sunday, the Queer Azadi Mumbai (QAM), the organisers of the march, distanced themselves from the slogan, saying that these were raised by people not known to them. “We completely dissociate ourselves from and strongly condemn the abrupt radical slogans in support of Sharjeel and/or any other slogans against the integrity of India at the gathering,” the organisation said in a statement, adding that the sloganeering was stopped as soon as it was brought to its notice. Also Read - 'Sedition Laws Misused, Govt Should be Questioned,' Kanhaiya Kumar Backs Sharjeel Imam
Calling the slogan ‘irresponsible and potentially detrimental,’ the QAM added that it will cooperate with the legal processes that may be required by law enforcement systems in this regard.
Sharjeel, also a former IIT-Bombay alumnus, was booked for a provocative speech he gave at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on January 16, in which he spoke about ‘cutting-off’ the northeast from the rest of India.
He was arrested last week from his native Bihar and was later sent to five-day custody by a Delhi court.