File photo of filmmaker Ayesha Sultana
The Lakshadweep Police on Thursday booked filmmaker Ayesha Sultana on charges of sedition over her ‘biological weapon’ remark during a TV debate.
Thiruvananthapuram. The Lakshadweep Police on Thursday booked filmmaker Aisha Sultana on charges of sedition over her ‘biological weapon’ remark during a TV debate. A case was registered against him after BJP’s Lakshadweep unit president Abdul Khader lodged a complaint with the Kavaratti police. The complaint claimed that during a TV debate in a Malayalam channel, ‘Sultana is spreading false news about the spread of Corona in the Union Territory’.
Khadar’s complaint referred to a recent debate on Malayalam channel ‘Media One TV’ on controversial reforms underway in Lakshadweep in which Ayesha had reportedly said that the Center was using ‘bio-weapons’ on the islands.
What did Aisha Sultana say?
Sultana had alleged that the central government used ‘biological weapons’ to spread Kovid in Lakshadweep. The BJP leader said that the Center is trying to take care of the islanders. Does this care result in a sudden increase in the number of covid patients where there were zero cases? A few days later, hundreds of cases were being found every day. They have used biological weapons. I can say one thing very clearly that the Center has used bio-weapon at a place where there were zero cases. When the TV anchor sought clarification on the statement, Sultana compared the island situation to “reports of Chinese virus being used against the world”.
Sultana reiterated that he said he was ready to take responsibility for the remarks and reiterated the statement that “the administrator used a bio-weapon on the island.” However, the anchor termed it as a ‘serious matter’ and said that it was Sultana’s personal view. Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal and CPM’s Komalam Koya also participated in the one-hour TV debate.