On Friday, Bangalore police gave a clean chit to the ongoing Amnesty International row. The Indian chapter of Amnesty International on August 13 had organized an event as a part of its campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir. However, the event took an ugly turn when allegedly, anti-Indian slogans were shouted by those participating in it.
“They (Amnesty) had organised a programme about Army’s excesses in Kashmir. They had called a few families (from Kashmir) to console them and give them some sort of mental support, in which certain incidents took place about which an FIR has been registered,” said Karnataka Home Minister.
The Institute was booked for sedition when ABVP filed an FIR while submitting a CD along with. IPC sections– 142 (being member of an unlawful assembly), 143 (whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) have been invoked against Amnesty. Criticising BJP and ABVP for holding protests.
“The allegations mentioned in the complaint are without any basis. The event was an open-door event and people were coming and going. No staff members were involved,” said Himanshi Matta, Amnesty International India’s spokeswoman.
Soon after being dragged in for sedition, political activists held demonstartions against ABVP, accusing it of incoting hatred against the state. Amnesty said the allegations against the organisation were unsubstantiated, but admitted that slogans calling for Kashmir’s independence were indeed chanted by some people attending the event.