Cops question Amnesty India representatives

Cops question Amnesty India representatives

Cops question Amnesty India representatives

The Bengaluru police on Thursday questioned the representatives of Amnesty International India and a few others in connection with an event organised on August 13 at the United Theological College (UTC) here.

The police recorded the statements of the four Amnesty representatives, the UTC manager, three private videographers and three others who were present at the event.

“Notices were served to all the 11 people, directing them to appear before the J C Nagar sub-division assistant police commissioner for an enquiry on Thursday. The police recorded their statements,” Additional Commissioner of Police (West) K S R Charan Reddy told DH.

Reddy refused to disclose the names of those who were questioned “as the investigation is still under progress”. He said the interrogation will continue on Friday. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members will also be summoned for questioning, he said.

Reddy said the questions pertained to the aims, objectives and nature of the event titled ‘Broken Families’ involving Kashmiri people whose family members were “killed by the armed forces”.

The police said they would seek footage from television news channels that had covered the event. The Amnesty representatives told the police the event neither targeted India nor the army.

It was basically an interaction programme with the members of the victims’ families to understand the ground reality. They said they never anticipated clashes after the programme, said police sources.

The UTC manager said the college was not part of the event, but had only rented out its premises. The videographers and two others said towards the end of the video-screening, some people in the audience raised slogans against the Army.

AII’s Himanshi Matta said the police had directed Amnesty staff not go to office due to safety concerns, but the employees resumed work in the afternoon.

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