Sedition charges dropped against 15 arrested in MP for celebrating Pakistan win


Celebrating Pakistan's big Champions Trophy win over India has landed 19 people in jail in India for reportedly shouting "pro-Pakistan and anti-India" slogans. "They have now been charged with Section 153 A of the IPC for allegedly disturbing communal harmony", Mr. Parihar said. The hatred-driven rhetoric that filled the airwaves forces us to ask, whatever happened to sportsmanship?

The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson.

Asked by TNIE whether police acted in haste by slapping sedition charges against the 15 men, the Burhanpur SP said the charge was framed keeping in mind the prima facie evidence.

It was on last Sunday when the cricket teams of India and Pakistan had clashed in the final of the Champions Trophy Tournament.

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"These arrests are patently absurd, and the 19 men should be released immediately", Amnesty International's India programme director, Asmita Basu told The Guardian, referring to the arrests in MP's Burhanpur and Karnataka's Kodagu.

Pakistan's win over India resulted in pockets of violence breaking out across the country, notably in West Bengal.

India, who's seam attack looked tired, were constantly put under pressure, during the Pakistan innings, as the initiative to up the run-rate was made possible by both Azhar and then Hafeez who both contributed half-centuries as the innings finished on 338. Congratulations Team India and congratulations Team Pakistan! Keep in mind that when sedition charges are used to crush anyone making statements against the government-or indulging in actions like cheering a Pakistani cricket team- it only gives credence to the view that the government is intolerant.

A Pakistani man was arrested past year for waving an Indian flag when his idol, Indian batsman Virat Kohli, made a match-winning century.