Madhya Pradesh: Men held for sedition after cheering Pakistan, families write to President

When the family members visited the Burhanpur court premises Tuesday, they had a tough time as some right-wing activists, advocates and commoners called them names. “They raised slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’. We also said ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ because we love the country,’’ the 62-year-old said.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Mohad (burhanpur) | Updated: June 22, 2017 9:02 am
Pakistan, Pro-Pakistan slogans, Sedition, Champions League final 15 men have been jailed on sedition charges for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans during the Champions Trophy finals. (Reuters Photo, Representational)

With 15 men in jail on sedition charges for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans after India’s loss in the Champions Trophy final, and the police looking for four more, fear has engulfed this small village with a large Muslim population.

Demanding a probe by an agency other than the police, relatives of the arrested men on Wednesday wrote to the President, the national and state human rights commissions and national and state minority commissions, among other agencies, saying that the village never witnessed any communal incident in the past.

Many men have fled the village, fearing that the police will knock on their doors at night. “There may have been three or four persons who burst crackers. We don’t know who they are, but the entire community is being branded anti-social and taunted as terrorists,’’ Gulzar Kasam, whose 23-year-old son Aitabar is among those arrested, told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

When the family members visited the Burhanpur court premises Tuesday, they had a tough time as some right-wing activists, advocates and commoners called them names. “They raised slogans like ‘Hindustan Zindabad’. We also said ‘Hindustan Zindabad’ because we love the country,’’ the 62-year-old said, claiming that before Sunday, the police rarely came to the village and that someone had hatched a conspiracy to whip up communal tension.

A majority of those arrested are daily wagers, while some own one or two acres of land. “They have taken innocent youths into custody. Some were held just because they were scared of the police and were trying to run away from them,’’ claimed Musharraf Tadvi, who said his minor son had been arrested.

Most of those arrested are Tadvi Pathans, tribals who converted to Islam.

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        Hindugandu
        Jun 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm
        WHAT ABout those Indians who cheered for England in oval?
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          Lovely
          Jun 23, 2017 at 2:25 am
          Islamic Express is playing defence lawyer to these anti nationals.
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            sochee
            Jun 22, 2017 at 8:53 am
            This poisonous weed has been planted by Congress and nurtured by the Commies in India The Muslims in India have not been initiated into nationalism. They have been relentlessly pushed deeper into Islamic ghetto by these Political outfits in the name of secularism and vote bank to ensure that Islam remains a counterweight to Indian nationalism which gets expressed through tacit support to Pakistan. This strategy cuts both ways. On the one hand it creates resentment among Hindus which is utilised to create a feeling of insecurity among Muslims and then they purchase their votes by assuring them to provide security. Muslims should come out of this ghetto , else leave India for Pakistan if they feel it is their right to celebrate Pakistan's win in games. In future, such brazen acts may lead to serious law order problem.Stop such acts.
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              vs
              Jun 22, 2017 at 8:48 am
              This happens not only in some remote villages.This is a very common sight in major cities too.One has to accept the fact that these Indian muslims , majority of them are in India only to fill their stomach dia is a place for earning their livelihood, thats all.Their heart and soul is in Pakistan or saudi.When each and every Indian other than the Muslims support Israel , the Muslims hate them and never support India's friendship with israel,because they see Israel as an enemy of Islam and not as a friend of India.Even now , even the educated muslim of india see the security forces in kashmir as villains and not as saviours. How much ever you try to appesse them , their soul will be with islamic nations only.This is the harsh truth and the only truth.
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                Sanjay
                Jun 22, 2017 at 8:47 am
                First they undermine spirit of secular India and its cons ution by cheering for enemy country and they appeal to cons utional head of India for help.
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                  Hindugandu
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 8:43 am
                  Pakistan s surgcal strike on Indian cricket team 😂😂
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