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Sedition case for demanding better living & working conditions in Karnataka police
The Karnataka state police has registered a case of sedition against the organizers of the protest by the police personnel. The protesting police personnel were demanding better wages and living & working conditions. They had threatened to go on leave protesting alleged "harassment" by senior officials, lesser pay and absence of proper leave.

But the police has thwarted the attempt by the police personnel and, as a precaution, had deployed CRPF for the same.

While no protests actually took place, defending the reasons for slapping the sedition case is getting difficult for the police. Earlier, the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah thanked police for not going on strike and maintaining discipline. Home minister of the state had also recognised the demands of the police personnel as valid and had further said that the government will openly consider & fulfil them.

But On 2nd June, the police arrested Shashidhar Venugopal, the president of the Akhila Karnataka Police Mahasangha (All-Karnataka Police Association), from his home in Bengaluru, and Basavaraj Koravankar of the Working Police Families Welfare Committee in Dharwad. The two former policemen were spearheading calls for a state-wide peaceful police strike on 4 June.

Amnesty International has started a campaign demanding that the sedition case against the protesting personnel be dropped.

Abhirr VP, Campaigner at Amnesty International India has said that "It is absurd that demands for better wages and working conditions are being dealt with as crimes against the nation. Low-ranking police officials often have to endure dismal living and working conditions, and work long hours without any leave. These increase the likelihood of abusive behavior. Karnataka authorities must take concrete steps to improve the working conditions of police officials, and not try to silence protestors by using draconian laws."

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