Posted on February 21, 2020, 1:06 PM IST
Amulya Leona who has been arrested and slapped with sedition charges in Karnataka for raising ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans has been rejected bail. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said that 19-year old Amulya Leona, who was present at a rally by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM ) in Bengaluru on Thursday should not be given bail as she had contacts with “Naxals”.
Yediyurappa’s no-mercy stance coincides with the right wing groups holding protests in the state capital against Amulya. “Bail should not be given to Amulya, her father has also said he won’t protect her,” Yediyurappa was quoted as saying. Yediyurappa went on to allege that the 19-year old girl had contacts with “Naxals”. “Its proved now that she had contacts with Naxals. Proper punishment should be given,” he added.
Amulya, had raised ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ and ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogan at an anti-CAA rally in Bengaluru where Asadduddin Owaisi was also present. She was trying to further articulate the difference between the two slogans when she was prevented from speaking further and taken away by the police.
She was slapped with sedition charges under Section 124(A) of the IPC and presented before a magistrate who sent her to 14-day judicial custody and denied her bail.
The incident has started a political war of words with the state BJP alleging a “joint venture” between “Pakistan and anti-national forces led by @INCIndia” (the Congress’ twitter handle). Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi hit out at the AIMIM chief and said he had “sowed the poison” which was leading to the “reaping of vitriolic yields”.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik has alleged that there was a “fixed match” between AIMIM and BJP for making communal statements, said a news agency.