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Digvijaya Advises CM Siddaramaiah Not to Make Arrests in Amnesty Sedition Case

Digvijaya Advises CM Siddaramaiah Not to Make Arrests in Amnesty Sedition Case

Digvijaya Advises CM Siddaramaiah Not to Make Arrests in Amnesty Sedition Case

Two days after a few people allegedly raised slogans against the Indian Army at a panel discussion in Bengaluru, the police booked sedition charges against Amnesty International, which had organized the event.

Video footage of the event in Bengaluru which was recorded by Amnesty has been handed over to the police, and is being studied by forensic investigators, said a police official, who declined to be named.

"Of course police have no option but to register a FIR against those who have been named in the complaint".

Amnesty International India said it "considers that the right to freedom of expression includes the right to peacefully advocate political solutions".

The event was a part of a campaign of Amnesty International which is seeking justice for the victims of human rights violation by the military personnel posted in Jammu and Kashmir. "The police are investigating the case", he had said.

"Merely organising an event to defend constitutional values is now being branded "anti-India" and criminalised", he said.

Gita Sahgal, the former head of Amnesty International's gender unit, slammed the agency for its double standards – by supporting terrorist elements that give little importance to the rights of ordinary citizens.

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"Towards the end of the event, some of those who attended the event raised slogans; some of the slogans referred to calls for "Azaadi" (freedom)", it said.

Singh also said simply raising slogans is not a fit case to be charged with sedition and such a law was used by the British against freedom fighters.

To suppress the protest organised by Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) demanding action against Amnesty International, the police department has deployed hundreds of KSRP near the colleges.

However, the organisation rejected all the allegations on Tuesday (16 August) saying it lacked substance and asserted that "no Amnesty International India employee shouted any slogans at any point".

Amnesty says it is yet to receive a copy of the charges from the police, stating the Bengaluru police were informed and were present at the event.

Police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore filed the initial charges against Amnesty on Monday following complaints that event participants called for independence of the volatile Kashmir region.

"It is not compulsory to specifically mention individual names in an FIR, especially one invoking charges of sedition". ABVP filed a complaint in connection with the case.

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