AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi trying to stop Amulya from chanting "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan at an anti-CAA rally. (Photo: PTI)
What Amulya did was wrong, said the father of the woman who chanted "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan at AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi's rally against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Bangaluru, Karnataka on Thursday.
Amulya's father, who lives in Chikkamagaluru, was shocked but not surprised about his daughter getting into trouble.
Speaking to India Today TV, her father, also a local JDS Hobli level president, said what his daughter did at the anti-CAA rally was absolutely wrong.
Surrounded by right-wing activists after Amulya chanted the "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan at a rally, her father said, "This is absolutely wrong. I will not tolerate what she said. I have many times told her not to get involved with Muslims but she did not listen. I have many times told her not to get involved with Muslims but she did not listen. I have told her many times not to make provocative statements but she did not listen."
Amulya father said, "I told her to come here since I was not well and I am a heart patient but she told me to look after my health on my own. I disconnected the call and we have not spoken since."
According to the ANI, Amulya father was confronted by some unidentified men who stood around him while he made the statement.
#WATCH "What Amulya said is wrong. She was joined by some Muslims&wasn't listening to me,"father of Amulya (who raised 'Pakistan zindabad'slogan at anti-CAA rally in Bengaluru today). He was confronted by unidentified men who were standing around him while he made the statement. pic.twitter.com/S0OQ2SpUXTANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
India Today TV also spoke with Asaduddin Owaisi regarding the incident. Miffed at the whole episode and condemning it, Asaduddin Owaisi said, "I was about to do my evening prayer. Immediately I heard this. Nonsense. I immediately rushed towards her and stopped her. I said what is this? What nonsense are you saying? We will never tolerate this thing. Afterwards, the police immediately came."
Asaduddin Owaisi also hoped that the organisers would demand a proper enquiry against the woman who chanted "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan at the rally.
India Today TV also came across a Facebook post Amulya had put up on February 16.
In the post, she has said that "a nation means its people who must get their basic facilities and avail their fundamental rights". She also claimed that an individual "does not become a part of another nation by shouting a slogan of Zindabad in favour of that nation".
Before the police dragged her from the stage, she is heard saying: "Hindustan Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad, the difference is" Amulya was detained before she completed the sentence.
Protests have now erupted across the state with ABVP activists demanding exemplary punishment for Amulya.
Meanwhile, a sedition case has been registered against Amulya for chanting the "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan at Owaisi's rally.
"We have registered a suo moto case under Section 124A (sedition), 153A&B (promoting enmity between different groups, and imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration). Once formalities are completed, we will produce Amulya before the judicial magistrate," B Ramesh, DCP Bengaluru (West) said.
WHAT HAPPENED AT OWAISI'S RALLY
A young woman on Thursday raised "Pakistan Zindabad" slogan in the presence of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, leaving the organisers of an event to protest against the CAA, NRC and NRP in Bengaluru red-faced. The woman, identified as Amulya, asked people in the rally to shout "Pakistan Zindabad" with her.
#WATCH The full clip of the incident where a woman named Amulya at an anti-CAA-NRC rally in Bengaluru raised slogan of 'Pakistan zindabad' today. AIMIM Chief Asaddudin Owaisi present at rally stopped the woman from raising the slogan; He has condemned the incident. pic.twitter.com/wvzFIfbnAJANI (@ANI) February 20, 2020
Asaduddin Owaisi denounced her action at the rally and asserted "we are for India".
In the video, Asaduddin Owaisi is seen rushing back to the dais to stop the woman from chanting the slogan. As Asasussin Owaisi rushed to snatch the mike from her hands, he was joined by others who tried to remove her from the stage.
The woman, adamantly, raised the slogan again, repeatedly. Later, the police stepped in and removed her from the dais.