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Anti-Amnesty protests over anti-India slogans spread

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Bengaluru, Aug 16 : Massive protests by ABVP activists against Amnesty International India spread to other cities in Karnataka on Tuesday demanding the arrest of its representatives for organising an event here where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

“We have intensified our protests in Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Hubballi and Belagavi. Rallies will be taken out in more cities tomorrow till the culprits are arrested and punished,” ABVP city convener Prem told the media.

In Bengaluru, police blocked the activists from marching towards the Police Commissioner’s office to submit a memo.

When the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists refused to disperse, police caned them and took about 30 of them into preventive custody.

“We want the organisers and those who raised anti-India slogans to be arrested and jailed,” Prem said, adding, the FIR registered in the case was not enough.

“Police not only gave Amnesty permission to hold the event but also did not act against the anti-national elements though they were present at the event when the slogans were raised,” he said.

At Tumakuru, about 70 km from here, at least 200 ABVP activists staged a protest against the anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans allegedly raised by some students of the Sri Siddhartha Institute of Technology.

Home Minister G. Parameshwara’s family runs the institute.

“An FIR has been registered against some students who raised the slogans and police are investigating,” Parameshwara told reporters in Bengaluru.

Similar protests took place at Hubballi, about 400 km from here, and Belagavi, some 500 km from here, condemning the Amensty.

Bengaluru police filed a sedition case against Amnesty India on Monday night for the slogans allegedly raised at the event it organised on August 13.

“We have filed a case of sedition and rioting against Amnesty on a complaint that anti-India slogans were raised,” Deputy Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh told IANS on Tuesday.

The ABVP activists also protested against Amnesty on Sunday at the United Theological College in the city centre where the event was held.

“We are checking the video to ascertain the charges and identify those who raised the slogans for culpability,” Suresh said.

The sedition charge under section 124A of the IPC amounts to an attempt to cause hatred or contempt or excite disaffection towards the government of India.

The 90-minute event was held, ostensibly, to interact with a few Kashmiri families who were victims of human rights violations in the state.

The FIR has not named any individual but implicated Amensty India for holding the event and allegedly allowing slogans to be raised against the country and the Indian Army.

Admitting that some persons raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘azaadi’ (freedom), Amnesty India programmes director Tara Rao said it was important that the conduct of some must not distract attention from the denial of justice to those who have suffered in Kashmir.

Refuting the ABVP’s allegations, Amnesty’s India chapter said none of its members shouted anti-India slogans.

“The allegations are without substance. They (ABVP) are preventing the families of victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir from having their stories heard,” Amnesty said in a fresh statement.

Asserting that the organisation was independent of any political, economic or ideological interests, Amnesty said the event was held as part of a campaign based on a report on alleged rights abuses by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

The report was based on in-depth research, including interviews with family members of victims, RTI applications, examination of police and court records and interviews with civil society groups, lawyers and government officials.

“The families of three Kashmiri victims interviewed for the report were invited to share their stories at the event,” Amnesty said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said: “An FIR has been registered on sedition charge. Action will be taken according to the law.”

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Situation in Delhi under control after COVID-19 lockdown 4 : Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, 25 May : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (May 25, 2020) said that the situation in the national capital is under control and his government is ready to deal with any kind of situation that comes in front of them.

Kejriwal, also stressed that even after several relaxations given in the fourth phase of COVID-19-induced lockdown the number of cases didn’t see any unusual rise.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal informed that around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth-phase of the lockdown began.

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Cleared Shaheen Bagh, booked violators: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, 24 March : In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital to thwart the COVID-19 spread, Delhi Police cleared the protest site in Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday and detained some protesters.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R. P. Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

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Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as CM for third time, Calls it Delhi’s WIN

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New Delhi, 16 Feb : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as Delhi Chief Minister for the third time at the Ramlila Maidan here.

Common man runs Delhi, not politicians: Kejriwal

Third time Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his swearing in ceremony on Sunday asserted he would work for the next five years in coordination with the Centre without discriminating against those who did not support his party during the recently-concluded Delhi Assembly polls.

Junior Kejriwal steals the show at swearing-in

While Arvind Kejriwal was busy taking oath for the third time as Delhi Chief Minister, ‘junior Kejriwal’ stole the show at Ramlila ground, drawing attention from the large crowd.

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