MP police drops sedition charges against 15 men held for 'cheering' Pakistan


"After India's defeat in the Champions Trophy final, some Kashmiri students are alleged to have raised pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans", Anand Kumar, the additional director general of police, Meerut Zone, told PTI.

In the past, cricket fans have been arrested in both India and Pakistan for supporting rival teams or players.

Upon hearing the commotion and witnessing their joy, a Hindu neighbor in Burhanpur district complained to the police and the men were immediately arrested for sedition-an offense which can carry a life sentence-among other charges.

"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.

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The villagers were arrested in thr Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh state on Monday after police received a complaint that they set off firecrackers and shouted slogans following Pakistan's dramatic win on Sunday.

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Amnesty also called for the sedition law to be repealed.

"Nobody should have to go to prison merely because they are accused of causing offence", she stressed.

So far, at least 3 dozen people in three different states have been arrested for celebrating Pakistan's victory over sedition charges. In a 2015 case, the Court ruled: "'Mere discussion or even advocacy of a particular cause howsoever unpopular is at the heart of [the right to freedom of expression]".

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