16/08/2016 10:13 AM IST | Updated 16/08/2016 10:54 AM IST

Amnesty International India Faces Sedition Charges Over Alleged Anti-National Slogans

FIR was registered in connection with alleged 'independence' slogans by 'pro-freedom' Kashmiris.

Sedition case filed against Amnesty India.
Amnesty International India
Sedition case filed against Amnesty India.

BENGALURU -- An FIR was registered on Monday against Amnesty International India in connection with the alleged raising of "independence" slogans by "pro-freedom" Kashmiris who entered into heated arguments with a Kashmiri Pandit leader for hailing Indian Army.

A police official involved in the investigation said that a First Information Report has been registered and investigations will proceed.

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), he said.

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 event was organised by Amnesty International India at United Theological College.

Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara had on Sunday said the intention and background of those involved will be investigated.

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

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).

Noting that as a matter of policy it does not take any position in favour of or against demands for self-determination, Amnesty had said it, however, considers that the right to freedom of expression under international human rights law protects the right to peacefully advocate political solutions that do not involve incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.

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