The Karnataka Police had filed the case on Monday under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Amnesty on a complaint. The 90-minute event was held to interact with some Kashmiri families who were victims of alleged human rights violations in the strife-torn Valley and hear their struggle for justice.

The event on Saturday had turned chaotic as some "pro-freedom" Kashmiris, most of whom were youngsters and students, entered into heated arguments with a Kashmiri Pandit leader and former journalist RK Mattoo for hailing Indian Army. ABVP activists, who staged a protest against the event calling it "anti-national", had also filed a complaint with the police along with a CD containing video recording of the event.

Claiming that they were yet to receive a copy of the FIR, Amnesty executive director Aakar Patel regretted that organising an event to defend constitutional values was being branded 'anti-national and a criminal act.

"As police were informed about the event in advance, they were present at the venue. Registering a case of sedition on a complaint against us shows a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedom in the country," Patel said in a statement after police filed the FIR. The sedition charge under section 124A of the IPC amounts to an attempt to cause hatred or contempt or excite disaffection towards the government of India.

(With agency inputs)

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