Man arrested for 'raising' the pro Pakistan slogan in Karnataka; slapped with sedition charges

MANGALURU: A 43-year-old man was arrested Monday and slapped with charges after allegedly raising slogans in favor of Pakistan in front of the mini Vidhan Soudha in Kundapur, in the neighboring Udupi district, police said.

The man, who is said to be mentally unstable, appeared in front of the mini Vidhan Soudha (a complex that houses government offices) around 10 in the morning and shouted Pakistan Zindabad several times.

Then he went to the corridor and continued shouting the slogan, police said.

A video of the incident recorded by the locals went viral in minutes.

Upon being alerted by the locals, police personnel arrived at the scene and arrested the man.

Police said they recorded a first information report (FIR) based on a complaint filed by him and that he was booked on sedition charges.

There was no consistency in the statements made by the man during his interrogation, police said.

Udupi ASP Kumarachandra told reporters that the police do not want to comment on his mental state as of now. Once the medical report is ready, a detailed investigation will be conducted, he said.

The man was said to be mentally unstable and is currently in treatment. He was working as a teacher and had lost his job eight years ago due to 'illness'.

Family sources said that the man, who regularly watches television, may have been influenced by the news broadcast on television about such slogans raised by some people elsewhere.

Three students from Kashmir studying at a private engineering college in Hubballi were arrested on sedition charges last month for allegedly raising pro- Pakistan slogans and posting a video of it on a messaging platform on the first anniversary of the Pulwama terrorist attack. On February 20, a young woman, later identified as Amulya Leona, had raised " Pakistan Zindabad" slogan thrice at an event in Bengaluru against the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Besides, " Pakistan Zindabad" graffiti had been found on the wall of a house and a school in different places in the state in recent days.