Sedition Case Against Amnesty Over Anti-India Slogans 

16 Aug, 2016 10:25 IST|Sakshi
ABVP lodged the complaint with audio-video evidence and protested against Amnesty at the venue in the city center where the event was held

Bengaluru: Amnesty India of the international human rights organisation was booked for sedition and other unlawful acts after anti-India slogans were raised at an event it organised here on Saturday.

A case of sedition and rioting has been booked on Monday under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Amnesty on a complaint that anti-India slogans were raised at its event, a police official said.

The 90-minute event was held to interact with Kashmiri families who were victims of alleged human rights violations in the strife-torn Valley and hear their struggle for justice

The charges, including sedition, rioting, an unlawful assembly and promoting enmity were mentioned in the FIR. The police filed on Monday, two days after the RSS-affiliate ABVP lodged the complaint with audio-video evidence on Saturday and protested against Amnesty on Sunday at the venue (United Theological College) in the city center where the event was held.

“We are investigating and checking the video to ascertain the charges and identify those who raised the slogans for culpability,” the official said.

The 90-minute event was held to interact with Kashmiri families who were victims of alleged human rights violations in the strife-torn Valley and hear their struggle for justice.

The case, however, did not name any individual or member of the organisation, but implicated Amensty Indian for holding the event and allegedly allowing slogans to be raised against the country and the Indian army.

Claiming that they were yet to receive a copy of the FIR, Amnesty executive director Aakar Patel regretted that organizing an event to defend constitutional values was being branded ‘anti-national and a criminal act.

Admitting that some persons at the event had raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘azaadi’ (freedom), Amnesty India programmes director Tara Rao said on Sunday it was important that the conduct of some should not distract attention from the denial of truth and justice to those who have suffered in Jammu and Kashmir

“As police were informed about the event in advance, they were present at the venue. Registering a case of sedition on a complaint against us shows a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedom in the country,” Patel said in a statement.

Admitting that some persons at the event had raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘azaadi’ (freedom), Amnesty India programmes director Tara Rao said on Sunday it was important that the conduct of some should not distract attention from the denial of truth and justice to those who have suffered in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP’s Lok Sabha member from Mysuru Pratap Simha was dismayed that police had allowed such an event and lamented that the state intelligence agency was unaware ot it in advance or later

“Among those who spoke at the event were the family of Shahzad Ahmad Khan, one of the men killed in the Macchil extra-judicial execution, where five army personnel were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment,” Amnesty said in the statement.

BJP’s Lok Sabha member from Mysuru Pratap Simha was dismayed that police had allowed such an event and lamented that the state intelligence agency was unaware ot it in advance or later.

“The state government should order an inquiry into the event where pro-azaadi and anti-national elements from Kashmir participated,” Simha said.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists, some of whom were present at the event, alleged that a group of Kashmiri youth raised slogans claiming atrocities by the Indian army.

IANS


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