Chandigarh, Oct 27 : The All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF) has filed a complaint with Punjab police chief demanding registration of a sedition case against Booker Prize winner writer Arundhati Roy.
The AIATF has raised objections over Arundhati’s speech during a public meeting at Jalandhar in Punjab Oct 17.
“This public meeting was organised by Democratic Front against Operation Green Hunt on Oct 17. Arundhati made inflammatory speeches aimed at disturbing the tranquillity of Punjab and to lead its people to subvert the government of India,” said an official spokesperson of the AIATF here Wednesday.
He added: “In her speech, Arundhati supported the naxalites (Maoists) and said that the battle waged by them is a necessity. She said that no one has the right to ask tribals and Maoists to be non-violent as every one had the right to choose the mode of protest against oppression.”
According to the AIATF, which is headed by Maninderjit Singh Bitta, Arundhati named Manipur, Nagaland, Punjab, Kashmir and some other places where the army and police had been used to suppress armed struggles.
Arundhati is already facing the heat over here recent controversial remarks on Kashmir earlier this month. On this issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded her arrest and said that the language used by her was objectionable and amounted to attack on the country’s integrity.