Guwahati: Activist Sharjeel Imam, facing sedition charges, has been detected with COVID 19 at the Guwahati Central Jail here today.
Official sources confirmed that Sharjeel is among the inmates detected with the virus.
Sharjeel was brought to Guwahati from New Delhi on February 20 and has since been in Assam Police custody and lodged at the central jail here.
He is facing charges of delivering anti-Assam speeches at the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA agitation, allegedly calling on the people to cut-off Assam from rest of the country.
He is also facing similar sedition and other charges, and was arrested on January 28 by a Delhi police team.
More than 300 other inmates of Guwahati Central Jail, besides several inmates of Golaghal and Nagaon jails, have been detected with COVID 19 in the state.The Assam Human Rights Commission has asked the chief secretary and the IGP (Prisons) to submit a report on allegations of non-compliance of COVID 19 protocols in the state prisons.(UNI)