Anti-India slogans at Amnesty event: MHA seeks report from Karnataka government

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New Delhi | Published: August 17, 2016 5:06:16 PM

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday has sought report, on the slogans raised during Amnesty International programme, from Karnataka governemnt.

The alleged slogan was raised at an event —‘Broken Families’ —held at United Theological College as part of a three-city campaign by Amnesty International India against alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI)The alleged slogan was raised at an event —‘Broken Families’ —held at United Theological College as part of a three-city campaign by Amnesty International India against alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. (PTI)

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday has sought report, on the slogans raised during Amnesty International programme, from Karnataka governemnt. Bengaluru Police on Monday registered a case of sedition against representatives from Amnesty International India, based on a complaint by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) about alleged anti-India slogans raised during an Amnesty International programme on Saturday. The alleged slogan was raised at an event —‘Broken Families’ —held at United Theological College as part of a three-city campaign by Amnesty International India against alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The event, involving discussions with affected families from the Valley, slipped into chaos after arguments broke out between two sections of participants and ended with slogans.

In a press statement Saturday, Amnesty India had said that “towards the end of the event, some of those who attended raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘Azaadi’… (but) conduct of some…(should) not serve as a distraction from the issues of denial of truth and justice to those who have suffered in J&K”. Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said legal action would be taken if any anti-national activity had occurred. In the media statement issued Monday, Amnesty India said it was yet to receive a copy of the FIR. The organisation’s executive director, Aakar Patel, said, “Merely organising an event to defend constitutional values is now being branded ‘anti-India’ and criminalised. The police were invited and (were) present at the event. The filing of a complaint against us now, and the registration of a case of sedition, shows a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedoms in India.”

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