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CM Yediyurappa says student activist Amulya had Naxal links; Cong, JD(S) condemn pro-Pak sloganeering

Another Congress leader D K Shivakumar said that there was no question of defending anti-nationals, be Amulya or anybody. “A thorough investigation should take place into the incident of pro-Pak sloganeering. No forum should be misused for anti-national activities,” Shivakumar tweeted.

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Last Updated: Feb 21, 2020, 08.23 PM IST
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By Akshatha Rao

BENGALURU: The opposition parties in Karnataka - the Congress and the JD(S) - have announced their support to the state government’s decision to arrest 19 year old activist Amulya Leona who raised pro-Pakistan slogan at anti-CAA protest in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Party leaders, although did not openly comment on sedition charges pressed against the student activist, they said that they oppose anti-national behaviour. “The act of supporting Pakistan through slogans shall be condemned. Police have to conduct an investigation and teach Amulya a lesson,” tweeted Siddaramaiah, opposition leader in the Assembly.

Another Congress leader D K Shivakumar said that there was no question of defending anti-nationals, be Amulya or anybody. “A thorough investigation should take place into the incident of pro-Pak sloganeering. No forum should be misused for anti-national activities,” Shivakumar tweeted.

Speaking to reporters, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy too condemned Leona's behaviour. “The police should find out if the girl did it for the sake of publicity. It was an act of disrespect to the nation. Protest organisers should be careful about selecting speakers,” he said.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday said the police have found proof of Leona’s links with Naxals. “The investigation will also trace organisations that are provoking youth to disturb peace and harmony and strict action will be taken,” he said.

Bengaluru police arrested Amulya Leona, a student of a city based private college and native of Koppa in Chikkamagalur, after she repeatedly shouted “Pakistan Zindabad '' slogan at an anti-CAA protest in Freedom Park. The protest organisers and speakers including AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi have distanced themselves from Leona saying they were unaware of her intentions. Following the incident, the police produced Leona before the magistrate on Thursday night and she was remanded to 14 days of judicial custody.

Another woman arrested

On Friday, the city police arrested another woman activist Arudra for holding a “Free Kashmir” placard at a protest organised by the right-wing group Hindu Janajagruthi Vedike at Bengaluru’s Town Hall. Members of Vedike who had gathered to protest against Leona’s pro-Pak sloganeering, accused Arudra of holding “Free Kashmir” placard and raising slogans in support of Pakistan. The police, however, denied the sloganeering and said that she was only holding a placard. A case has been registered against Arudra for disturbing peace and harmony.

The Karnataka police have booked cases of sedition against a few people in the past two months after the anti-CAA protests gained momentum. In Koppal, a sedition charge was pressed against poet Siraj Bisaralli and journalist Rajabaxi for reciting poems opposing CAA. In Bidar, a mother and head teacher were arrested under sedition case for staging a play criticising the CAA. Three Kashmiri students were arrested in Hubballi after a video of them allegedly speaking in favour of Pakistan went viral on social media.

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