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Protester chanting ‘ Pakistan Zindabad ‘ at the rally against Indian Citizenship Act protest booked for sedition

A girl who chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” at a rally in Bengaluru against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 was taken into police custody and booked for sedition, reported The Wire on Friday.

Amulya Leona chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” while she was on stage during the event after which she chanted “Hindustan Zindabad” before her microphone was taken from her.

The Indian publication reported that Leona was taken into custody, and police said they had opened a case against her for sedition.

Leona has been sent to three-day judicial custody, The Wire has reported citing news agency ANI. She was booked under Section 124(a) (sedition), Section 153A (promoting enmity among different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) and the Indian Penal Code 153B (imputation, assertions prejudicial to national integration).

 

Leona can be heard chanting “Pakistan Zindabad” multiple times in a video clip of the protest, posted by ANI on Twitter. Various people including All India Majlis-i-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi, approach her and try to take the microphone from her hands.

She then said “one second” and chants “Hindustan Zindabad” as the different individuals continue to try to remove her from the microphone.

Even when the microphone was out of her hands, Leona kept on chatting. Eventually, she is seen surrounded by a large crowd, including police, and is ushered off the stage.

Leona’s video at the protest, which she had been invited to address has gone viral, according to The Wire.

The publication added that Owaisi later described Leona as a “so-called liberal” and asked all the liberals to “refrain from any event involving Muslims”

“Neither I nor my party have any connection with her. We’re opposing her. The organisers shouldn’t have invited her here. If I had known this, I wouldn’t have come here. We’re for India and we no way support our enemy nation Pakistan.Our entire drive is to save India,” he was quoted as saying.

He added, “If they (liberals) were so concerned about the Muslims and CAA, they should have their own Shaheen Bagh kind of protests.” 

The Hindu also reported that individuals, allegedly supporters of the Bharat Janatya Party (BJP), had thrown stones at Leona’s father’s house after her chant of “Pakistan Zindabad”

“They’re all supporters of BJP. They were in a group I’ve complained to the police with the names of a few who led the group,” Father Wazi said.

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