Police in Madhya Pradesh have arrested 15 Muslim youngsters and have charged them with sedition allegedly because they cheered and seemingly supported the Pakistani cricket team over the Indians during Sunday’s Champions Trophy finals.
“Some people in Mohad village raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and also burst crackers on Sunday night after Pakistan defeated India in the finals of the Champions Trophy,” Sanjay Pathak, officer in-charge of Shahpur police station.
The accused men, aged between 18 and 40 years, will be produced before court by Shahpur police on Tuesday, said Shahpur police station in-charge Sanjay Pathak.
The action was taken against the 15 men following a complaint by a villager that the accused burst crackers and distributed sweets among villagers, besides raising pro-Pakistan slogans at Mohad village (375 km from Bhopal).
The men indulged in open celebrations raising pro-Pakistan slogans at Imli Chowraha, bus stand, Badi Masjid, Mujaffar Kotwar and other areas in Mohad village on Sunday night.
“We received a complaint in the matter from one of the villagers and after preliminary investigation; we found that the allegations were correct. We have subsequently booked the accused for sedition and criminal conspiracy under Sections 124A and 120B of IPC respectively,” said Pathak.
The police said that they were apprehensive that a communal situation could erupt in the area after the match owing to youngsters’ alleged cheering for the Pakistani. Police believed that the tempers were particularly running high as the outcome of the match was unfavourable for the Indian cricket team.
The police said that the similar complaints had been received from the village, which is located close to the Maharashtra border, in the past during India-Pakistan cricket encounters.