Indian police have arrested 15 Muslim villagers for celebrating the Pakistan cricket team’s victory over India in the ICC Champions Trophy final. Police have also charged them with sedition, which is punishable by life in prison. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ভারতের মাটিতে পাকিস্তানের বিজয় উদযাপন, গ্রেপ্তার ১৫]
This happened after Pakistan had hammered India by 180 runs to lift the Champions Trophy in The Oval, London on Sunday (June 18).
The villagers were arrested in the Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh state on Monday after police received a complaint that they set off firecrackers and shouted slogans following Pakistan’s win on Sunday.
“We received a complaint from a local Hindu man who accused them of celebrating after India lost the match,” Burhanpur police chief Raja Ram Parihar told AFP.
The police later registered a case on a complaint by one Subhash Laxman Koli and arrested 15 persons yesterday, Shahpur police station in-charge Sanjay Pathak said.
“There was a complaint that these accused celebrated Pakistan’s victory by bursting crackers and raising pro- Pakistan and anti-India slogans,” Pathak said.
The police booked the arrested persons, aged between 19 and 35, under the IPC sections of 124-A (sedition) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), he said.
The accused were produced in a local court which rejected their bail applications and sent them to jail. They were later taken to Khandwa district jail.
Relations between India and Pakistan are strained due to ongoing unrest in Kashmir. The countries have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.
This is not the first time Indian Muslims have got into trouble for cheering for the Pakistan cricket team.
In 2014, 66 Muslim students from Indian-administered Kashmir were kicked out of their university in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and charged with disturbing communal harmony.
And in 2016, police were sent into a university in Indian-administered Kashmir after clashes between students from the state and other parts of the country.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com