In Bengaluru, a sedition case against a woman has been filed after she raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was present at the event but distanced himself and his party members of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) saying, “We, in no way, support our enemy nation Pakistan.”
The young woman, identified as Amulya is in her mid-twenties. In the video, she is seen, appealing to the crowd at the event organized under the banner of “Save Constitution” to shout “Pakistan Zindabad (Long live Pakistan)”.
Asaduddin Owaisi and two other men immediately rushed to prevent her from chanting the slogan and took away the microphone from her.
As Amulya continued, Owaisi exclaimed, “Kya bol rahein hain aap (what are you saying)?”
She was stopped midday saying, “The difference between Hindustan Zindabad (Long Live India) and Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live India) is..”
Soon after the event, Amulya was arrested. B Ramesh, a senior police officer said, “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).”
She was sent to judicial custody for 14 days and was refused bail. The local court will hear her bail petition on Monday.
The AIMIM chief elucidated that his party contained no links with her.
“Neither me nor my party has any link with her. The organizers should not have invited her here. If I knew this, I would not have come here. We are for India and we, in no way, support our enemy nation Pakistan. Our entire drive (against CAA) is to save India,” Owaisi said.
Imran Pasha, the JD(S) corporator claimed, she was sent by the rival groups to cause chaos in the event. The woman was not on the speakers’ list and demanded the police to probe into the matter.
“What she said is wrong. She was joined by some Muslims and wasn’t listening to me,” Amulya’s father told ANI.
A case was also registered against a few men, linked to a right-wing group, who hurled stones at her home after the protest.
Amulya earlier this week had praised the neighboring states on Facebook, including Pakistan.
“Long Live India! Long Live Pakistan! Long Live Bangladesh! Long Live Sri Lanka! Long live Nepal! Long live Afghanistan! Long Live China! Long Live Bhutan!,” her post read.
There have been massive protests in the last two months against the CAA in Karnataka and across the country.
Critics, however, say the law represents religion as a basis of proof of being an Indian citizen, violating the constitution.
While the government defends itself by saying, the law is necessary to aid those who were subjected to religious persecution in the neighboring countries.