ABVP protests, Amnesty International shuts down office

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Amnesty International India is facing sedition charge for chanting Anti-India slogans at an event named ‘Broken Families.’ A FIR was file against Amnesty International India by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the same.

ABVP is protesting outside Amnesty International office at Indira Nagar at Bengaluru demanding action against the NGO. ABVP started its protest after the event – Broken Families – which held on 14th August and raised anti-national slogans.

Shyam Bhat, President ABVP south Bengaluru said, “We won’t tolerate any statement against our country or our army. Why was such an event conducted in a peaceful city like Bengaluru is still a question? Amnesty needs to apologize and the people have to be arrested.” 

Police officers have video of the event that has been sent for the forensic test as the audio in the visuals is not so clear and is vague. The Police department has assured that once the details are out and clear the culprits will be punished and the action will be taken accordingly.

To be safe, the police have suggested Amnesty International India to shut down its office in Bengaluru until the ABVP protests are minimized.

A spokesperson for Amnesty said that the 86 employees working in the city had been asked to work from their homes. “The police are also gauging the situation, and will inform us when it would be safe to go back to our workplace. It may take until Monday to get a clearer picture,” said the spokesperson.

On Thursday Karnataka Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Om Prakash said, “There is no evidence yet against the organisers. But in the first information report [FIR], the complainant has not mentioned any specific name. We are still examining the video footage.”

Amnesty international has been booked with many charges in the FIR including sedition, unlawful assembly, promoting enmity and rioting. 

Wefornews bureau

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