BENGALURU: THE Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday intensified its protest against Amnesty International India by taking out rallies and staging dharnas across the state.
The protesters were demanding action against the human rights group for organising a Kashmir-related event in Bengaluru last week where anti-national and anti-army slogans were allegedly raised. They also demanded the arrest of the perpetrators.
In Bengaluru, at least 600 students from Maharani’s College for Women, RC College and Government Arts and Science College participated in the rally. The students, who took out the rally from Maharani’s College, gathered at Mysore Bank Circle and burnt an effigy.
The student body announced that they will not call off the protest till the state government bans Amnesty International.
Vinay Bidre, ABVP National General Secretary, said, “We are not afraid even if they lathicharge us, but we have decided not to stop this fight till they initiate action against Amnesty International.”
On Thursday, ABVP members will protest near the office of the commissioner of police by waving black flags to the Home Minister if there is no action.
Interestingly, KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters in Raichur that the government will not support sedition charges.
Talking about a student who was arrested on charges of criminal intimidation in Tumakuru, he said, “In Siddhartha college run by Home Minister Parameshwara, anti-national slogans were raised. But reports say a drunk man shouted the slogans. Investigation is on.”