Amnesty row: India's ruling party accuses Congress of playing with national security

Amnesty row: India's ruling party accuses Congress of playing with national security

The NGO was charged with sedition earlier this week after it held an event that focused on the human rights violation in Kashmir. Photograph: (Getty)

ANI Bengaluru, India Aug 21, 2016, 02.58 PM (IST)
India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today alleged that the Congress was playing with the country's national security and said a clean chit by the Congress leader and home minister of southern Karnataka, G Parameshwara, to rights group Amnesty International makes it obvious that he is working on the orders of his party's high command.

BJP leader S Prakash said Parameshwara has given a clean chit to Amnesty International in the anti-India sloganeering controversy as per the diktat of the Congress central leadership.

"After a long deliberation, they (Bengaluru Police) decided to file a case on sedition charges. The home ministry I believe comes under G Parameshwara. It is his department, which has filed the case. Now, he has given the clean chit even before the report is submitted. It is very clear that he is acting under the pressure of the high command," Prakash said.
 
The clean chit from the home minister came even as the organisation faces sedition charges over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
Demanding that an impartial investigation must be done into the matter, the BJP leader expressed his disappointment that the clean chit has been given to Amnesty International even before the report was submitted.

"As far I am concerned, the investigation is over because the home minister has himself given a clean chit and no police officer will indict the Amnesty (International) anymore. It is a serious issue, you would have allowed the investigation to go on," he added.

The Karnataka home minister yesterday said Amnesty India has never involved itself in any kind of anti-national activities.

"Amnesty International is not new to Bengaluru. This organisation has been functioning here for a long time. I don't know nor I have heard in the past about it or anyone from it involving in any anti-national activities," Parameshwara said.

"They had organised a programme about the Army's excesses in Kashmir. They had called a few families (from Kashmir) to console them and give them some sort of mental support, in which certain incidents took place about which an FIR has been registered," he added.

The clean chit from the home minister came even as the organisation faces sedition charges over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

The Amnesty International had earlier on August 13 organised an event as part of a campaign to seek justice for "victims of human rights violations" in Jammu and Kashmir that took an ugly turn with heated exchanges and alleged raising anti-India slogans.

Mounting pressure on the government post the incident, the BJP activists staged protests on the streets demanding that a case of sedition be registered against Amnesty International.

(ANI)


 

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The home minister of Congress-ruled Karnataka yesterday said Amnesty India has never involved itself in any kind of anti-national activities

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