Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah was on Saturday detained along with other party leaders as they carried out a march to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s residence in Bengaluru to protest against the Bidar sedition case. Another Congress who was detained was Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Notably, the protest was organised by the state Congress over sedition case slapped against a Bidar school and the arrest of its headmistress along with a student’s parent on grounds of alleged involvement in staging a play portraying Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poor light over the Centre’s move on CAA and NRC.
Following the police’s move, Siddaramaiah said the action was undemocratic. “Police have no right to suppress or take away our rights,” he said.
“The Congress had planned to lay siege to Chief Minister’s office as the law was being violated across the state and false cases were being filed for sedition against political opponents, especially from Congress and those opposing the CAA and NRC,” a news channel quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.
The drama that dealt with the contentious Citizenship law and nationwide NRC (National Register of Citizens) was performed by students of the fourth, fifth and sixth standard of the school on January 21. The school said that the hate-provoking utterances against the Prime Minister were not a part of the original script but were later incorporated during the drama practice by the mother of a class six student after it was okayed by the teacher.
As the play went viral across social media platforms, social worker Neelesh Rakshyal filed a complaint where he alleged that the school authorities ‘used’ students to perform a drama where they “abused” PM Modi over CAA and NRC. He charged that the management tried to create ‘fear’ among the Muslim community with false proclamations.