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Amnesty International booked for sedition in India

New Delhi, August 16 (Online): An FIR was registered on Tuesday against Amnesty International India under various sections of the IPC including sedition after “pro-freedom” Kashmiris allegedly raised “independence” slogans at an event conducted at United Theological College in Bengaluru.

The Kashmiris who were present at the event reportedly got into an argument with a Kashmiri Pandit leader for hailing the Indian Army.

ABVP activists, who staged a protest against the event on Sunday calling it “anti-national”, had also filed a complaint with the police along with a CD containing video recording of the event.

A police official involved in the investigation said that a First Information Report has been registered and investigations will proceed. A panel discussion on Saturday had turned chaotic as some “pro-freedom” Kashmiris, most of whom were youngsters and students, entered into heated arguments with a Kashmiri Pandit leader for hailing Indian Army.

The FIR has been registered under 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, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), the official said.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara had on Sunday said the intention and background of those involved will be investigated.
Holding that it had organised the event as part of a campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir, Amnesty International India in a statement had said towards the end of the event, some of those who attended raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘azadi’ (freedom).
Amnesty added that the human rights law protects the right to peacefully advocate political solutions that do not involve incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.