Sedition case against 15 in MP dropped

Saturday, 24 Jun, 2017

Police in the state of Madhya Pradesh arrested 15 people in the Burhanpur district on Monday for allegedly committing sedition by raising pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans after the match.

"They celebrated with firecrackers, distributing candies and raising slogans of 'Long live Pakistan, ' " another Madhya Pradesh police officer, Ramasray Yadav, told The New York Times. Later, the sedition charges were dropped, but the villagers are still in police custody over other charges.

Pakistan registered a remarkable turnaround win after widespread criticism following a 124-run drubbing by India in the opening group match of the tournament.

As per the law introduced by the British, anyone convicted of sedition can be jailed for life.

He added, "Moreover, none of them has a criminal background". The fifteenth man is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code defines sedition as any act or attempt "to bring into hatred or contempt, or excite disaffection towards the government".

The principal of the college told the press that a committee has been formed to probe the matter and if the students are found guilty, stern action will be taken against them.

According to police, the suspects had also raised anti- India slogans.

However family members of the accused have denied the charges against them.

The sporting rivalry between the two neighboring countries dates to 1952, just five years after independence, when India and Pakistan played their first test series. "All these charges against my son are fabricated", Gulzar Tadwi, the father of one of those arrested, told BBC Hindi. "I came to know about this incident when police picked up my son".

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, felicitating the Pakistan side for their brilliant performance, also announced Umrah package for their entire squad. Amir Liaquat who has been succeeding in getting cheap publicity has again managed to do the same by saying absurd statements about the Indian Cricket Team in his show "Aisa Nahi Chalega".