Bengaluru: Bengaluru police on Monday filed sedition charges against Amnesty International , a human rights advocacy group, after an event highlighting alleged human rights violations in Kashmir here on Saturday snowballed into a controversy, over alleged “aazadi” slogan shouting.
Right-wing organizations in the city took exception to the proceedings and lodged a complaint against the organizer, Amnesty International India, alleging ‘anti-national’ slogans were shouted at the venue.
Senior police officers said that FIR against Amnesty International and others, is under sections 124a (sedition), 153a (promoting enmity), 142 (unlawful assembly), 147 and (rioting).
They added that the decision on the sections was taken after a long discussion, where available evidences, including video footage were examined. The multi-city event Broken Families held at Untied Theological College, JC Nagar, on Saturday, was to have three families invited from Kashmir to narrate their version of the human rights violations and atrocities allegedly committed by security forces.
However, proceedings were chaotic right from the beginning, with workers of right wing organizations camping at the venue and joining arguments that punctuated the event.
As the event ended abruptly, workers from ABVP, the student wing of the BJP, protested in front of UTC and returned to stage another demonstration the next morning. They alleged that anti-national slogans were shouted at the event.
A video showing some members shouting words “aazadi” began circulating following the event. Police said that so far no arrests have been made in the case and they are going through the evidence.