Amulya Leona, an activist who raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act(CAA) has been charged with sedition. Lok Sabha MP and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) supremo Asaduddin Owaisi, who was also present at the event condemned the incident, and clarified his stance.
“ I condemn this statement. The woman is not associated with us. Humare liye Bharat Zindabad tha, zindabad rahega,” said the four-time MP from Hyderabad.
#WATCH The full clip of the incident where a woman named Amulya at an anti-CAA-NRC rally in Bengaluru raised slogan of ‘Pakistan zindabad’ today. AIMIM Chief Asaddudin Owaisi present at rally stopped the woman from raising the slogan; He has condemned the incident. pic.twitter.com/wvzFIfbnAJ
— ANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
During the event, Amulya was seen urging the crowd to shout “Pakistan Zindabad (Long live Pakistan)” at the event organised under the banner of “Save Constitution”. Asaduddin Owaisi and two organisers, stopped her from raising slogans. The police later intervened and escorted Amulya from the stage.
Soon after the incident, Amulya was arrested by Bengaluru Police.
A sedition case has also been filed against her by the Police. “We have filed a suo moto case against her under sections 124A(sedition), 153A and B (promoting enmity between different groups) and imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration),” senior police officer B Ramesh said.
Amulya’s bail has been denied, and she has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. A local court will hear her bail petition on Monday.
The Karnataka BJP also hit out at the opposition after the incident, saying “Those who support Pakistan should go there forever”.
Anti-CAA Activist Amulya Leona shouts PAKISTAN ZINDABAD in the presence of AIMIM Chief @asadowaisi at Bengaluru.
Those who support Pakistan should go there forever. pic.twitter.com/GpknmmdKHt
— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) February 20, 2020
Massive protests have swept the country since the contentious law got approval of both the Houses of the parliament. The President’s assent was followed by agitations across the country. Student organisations, opposition parties and civil society came out in huge numbers.
In Delhi, several cities in UP and Karnataka, the peaceful protests turned violent. Over 18 people have been killed in UP and four in Assam.
The law has been described as “unconstitutional” by opposition parties and Human Rights activists who claim that it excludes Muslims from being a part of the law that provides citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan state assemblies have passed resolution demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.