Two women arrested in Bidar sedition case

The Bidar police on Thursday arrested Anuja Minsa, mother of a girl student who played a role in a controversial play in a private school and allegedly delivered dialogues “insulting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Fareeda Begum, the woman teacher who was involved in the staging of the play.

As per school sources, the police came to the institution in the evening and interrogated the staff and children for a couple of hours before taking the women with them. The police said the accused would be produced before the magistrate on Thursday night itself.Following a complaint by Neelesh Rakshyala and based on the video clip that went viral, the New Town police had booked a sedition case.

The play, staged by primary students on the school campus on January 21, allegedly “showed Mr. Modi in a bad light”. Neelesh Rakshyal, a social worker, lodged a complaint against the school president and others for attempting to “tarnish the Prime Minister’s image” and against a man named Mohammad Yusuf Raheem for uploading a video clip of the performance on social media.

The institute has been booked under Sections 504, 505(2), 124A, 153A, and 34 of the IPC. In his complaint, Mr. Rakshyal claimed that the dialogue in the play was against CAA and NRC and even “abused” Mr. Modi for implementing the Act.

Institute chairman Abdul Khadeer told The Hindu that there was no room for anti-social activities on campus. He said the teachers had not inquired about the theme and details of the play that was being enacted. He added that action would be taken against the teachers for their “negligence”.

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