ABVP protests could disrupt law and order in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka, cautioned the police,

No substantial evidence for sedition charges against Amnesty say Bluru police
news Amnesty controversy Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 11:44

After multiple protests and sloganeering by ABVP against Amnesty International India, the police said on Saturday that there is no ground for sedition charges against rights group, reported The Hindu.

Bengaluru police commissioner said that there was 'no substantial evidence' against Amnesty to pursue sedition charges.

He stated this in a report to Chief Minister Siddaramiah and met with him along with police top brass on Thursday.

The controversy happened after Amnesty's 'Broken Families' event in Bengaluru on August 13, which was meant to highlight human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian armed forces and allegedly saw "anti-national" and "anti-army" slogans raised.

A member of the ABVP filed an FIR on various grounds against Amnesty officials including unlawful assembly, rioting and sedition.

Following this, ABVP held protests across Bengaluru, demanding that organisers of the event be arrested. 

On Friday, ABVP attempted to storm into Amnesty office in Indiranagar, Bengaluru and staged protests there. The police resorted to lathicharge to control the protesters, leaving six of them injured along with five policemen. 

With the likelihood of sedition charges being dropped, the police also warn that ABVP agitations could disrupt law and order in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka.

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