Pakistan fans arrested for shouting ‘seditious’ slogans
Celebrations after India defeat provoke complaint from local resident
Fifteen cricket fans were arrested and booked for sedition for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy by shouting pro-Pakistan slogans in Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur district.
The accused, aged between 19 and 35, allegedly shouted slogans and set off firecrackers at public places after Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs, reports said.
A local resident, Subhash Laxman Koli, registered a complaint against them and as a result, they were arrested on Monday, the Times of India reported.
Sanjay Pathak, a Shahpur police inspector, told the Hindustan Times, “Following the complaint, we investigated the matter and found that 15 people were involved in it. By Monday late evening, we arrested all [the] 15 people.”
They were booked under 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code.