Fact Check: Sharjeel Imam's Controversial Speech Was At Aligarh And Not Shaheen Bagh

The viral clip from Sharjeel Imam's controversial speech is from a protest at Aligarh and not Shaheen Bagh.

Delhi   |   29 Jan 2020 11:47 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-04-23T12:49:43+05:30
Fact Check: Sharjeel Imams Controversial Speech Was At Aligarh And Not Shaheen Bagh

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Sharjeel Imam's name has been all over the headlines and social media.

It all started when a 2.20-minute video from Imam's controversial hour-long speech went viral on social media.

It was wrongly mentioned everywhere that the speech occurred at the Shaheen Bagh protest.

The official spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sambit Patra, tweeted claiming 'this was the reality of the Shaheen Bagh protests.'



Sambit Patra repeated the same false claim in a press conference held in Delhi.


Claim:

Sharjeel Imam's controversial speech was made during the Shaheen Bagh protest.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

Sharjeel Imam's controversial speech was made in Aligarh.

The speech was made during a protest at Aligarh.

The exact location of the speech was at the Bab-e-Syed, which is the main gate of the Aligarh Muslim University.

On January 17, 2020, a youtube channel called 'Youth Neeti' posted a video titled 'Sharjeel Imam Students Activist JNU | Day 32 AMU PROTEST AGAINST CAA NRC NPR.'

This clearly shows that the protest where the speech was made, happened at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

The entire video of the original hour-long speech can be found on Facebook.

On January 25, 2020, news agency ANI reported that a case was registered against JNU student Sharjeel Imam in Aligarh for his controversial speech delivered during the students protest at Aligarh Muslim University, on January 16, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).

This further reiterates the fact that this speech belonged to the protest organized at the Aligarh Muslim University.

A Twitter account, that claims to be the official handle of the Shaheen Bagh protesters, has responded to the allegations, distancing itself from the alleged comments.

Therefore, Given the evidence, we can ascertain that Imam's speech was not made in shaheen bagh, rather in Aligarh.

Also read: Sedition Case Against Sharjeel Imam For 'Inflammatory Speech'

Claim Review :  Sharjeel Imams Controversial Speech was made at Shaheen Bagh
Claimed By :  Social Media Posts
Fact Check :  False
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