ABVP hunts for a 'Kanhaiya' in Bengaluru, police say arrests in sedition case only after probe

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The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday demanded that those responsible for raising "Freedom for Kashmir" slogans at a Bengaluru meet organised by NGO Amnesty International last week be arrested. Police, however, say that they have to investigate the matter further before making arrests.

Police have sent a video of the event for forensic analysis. The probe will make progress only after the forensic report is obtained, a senior police officer said, even as ABVP activists staged a vociferous protest in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning.

ABVP hunts for a 'Kanhaiya' in Bengaluru

Meanwhile, three persons have been detained in Tumkur for allegedly raising 'freedom for Kashmir' slogans. Police are yet to establish their identity and whether they hail from Jammu and Kashmir.

Police had on Monday registered a case of sedition against Amnesty International.

At the event last week, an argument had broken out after a Kashmiri Pandit praised the role of the Indian Army in J&K. Some students from Kashmir and a professor objected and are alleged to have raised 'freedom for Kashmir' slogans.

Activists of the ABVP, who shot a video of the event, submitted it to police, based on which a case was filed. But the ABVP chose to up the ante on Tuesday and staged a protest outside Raj Bhavan.

They have been demanding that the organisers of the meet as well as those who raised the slogans be arrested.

"Our investigations are on and several people are being questioned. The video footage is crucial to the probe. We are waiting to get the forensic report of the video, and will make arrests if warranted", the senior police officer said.

Sources said that the FIR was filed against Amnesty International after a state intelligence report warned on Saturday that protests could intensify if the police did not book the NGO and lead to a situation reminiscent of the JNU Kanhaiya Kumar episode in Delhi.

Police, on the other hand, wanted to probe the matter before it filed the case.

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