A woman at a gathering against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Karnataka's Bengaluru who shouted 'Pakistan zindabad' slogans was denied bail by a judicial magistrate late Thursday night. ANI reported that she will be kept in judicial custody for three days and the matter will come up before the local court on Monday.
The woman, identified as Amulya Leona had raised 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at an anti-CAA rally organised by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. A case was almost immediately registered against her under Section 124A (Offence of sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.
"We have registered a suo moto case under Section 124A (sedition), 153A and B (promoting enmity between different groups and imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration). Once formalities are completed, we will produce Amulya before a judicial magistrate," B Ramesh, DCP Bengaluru (West) said.
Amulya had asked attendees to shout "Pakistan Zindabad" during her speech at the event organised under the banner of "Save Constitution". The organisers had invited her to address the gathering soon after Owaisi came on stage.
#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
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A baffled Owaisi rushed to snatch the mike from her and was joined by others who tried to remove her from the stage. But the woman was adamant and raised the slogan again repeatedly. Later, the police stepped in and removed her from the dais.
Earlier on Thursday, the woman had been taken into custody, police had said adding she might be charged with sedition. Owaisi, who addressed the gathering later, said he did not agree with the woman, whom he described as "so-called liberal" and asked all liberals to refrain from any events involving Muslims.
"Neither I nor my party has any link with her. We denounce her. The organisers should not have invited her here. If I had known this, I would not have come here. We are for India and we no way support our enemy nation Pakistan. Our entire drive is to save India," the AIMIM MP said.
" AIMIM (@aimim_national) February 20, 2020
He asked people to refrain from liberals. "If they (liberals) were so concerned about the Muslims and CAA, they should have their own Shaheen Bagh kind of protests," Owaisi had said, alleging that the amended citizenship law "smacked of governments hatred" towards Muslims and was against the poor.
"The law is aimed at making Muslims stateless," he charged.
During the event, the AIMIM chief also criticised the BJP government in Karnataka for booking a parent and the headmistress of a school for alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi made by a class six student during a drama staged at a school in Bidar.
Owaisi asserted that his love for India is unquestionable because his family had chosen to stay in the country after the partition.
JDS corporator Imran Pasha claimed Amulya was planted by some rival group to disrupt the event. The woman, he said, was not in the list of speakers and demanded that the police investigate the matter seriously.
The state BJP took to Twitter to condemn the development.
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
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members and Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (Praveen Shetty faction) staged separate demonstrations in the city, demanding "externment" of Amulya.
With inputs from agencies