Celebrating Pakistan win, 17 men charged with sedition

The accused are alleged to have celebrated Pakistan’s victory by bursting crackers in different places in the village and raised slogans in support of the neighbouring country.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: June 21, 2017 4:58 am
ICC champions triphy, Pakistan, India, India-Pakistan match, Mohad, Muslim men arrested, Pro-pak slogans, The fifteeen were arrested on Monday from the village, about 25 kilometers from the district headquarters Burhanpur, which is a communally sensitive district in Madhya Pradesh. (File photo)

Fifteen men who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans and burst crackers in Mohad village of Madhya Pradesh’s Burhapur district after India’s defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday night have been charged with sedition.

In Karnataka, too, six people were arrested, allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s victory. Two of them were charged with sedition, while four others were accused of hurting religious sentiments.

The men in Madhya Pradesh were arrested from Mohad, about 25 km from the district headquarters, Burhanpur, on Monday, on the basis of a complaint filed by a villager. On Tuesday, they were sent to

15-day judicial custody by a court in Burhanpur. Security was increased at the court’s premises as several right-wing activists gathered there.

A case under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 124A (sedition) was registered against the accused, aged between 20 and 30, at Shahpur police station. Shahpur town inspector Sanjay Pathak told The Indian Express that more people could be arrested as the investigation progresses.

The accused are alleged to have celebrated Pakistan’s victory by bursting crackers in different places in the village and raised slogans in support of the neighbouring country.

Investigating officer Ramashray Yadav said the complaint was lodged by one Subhash Laxman Koli, a village resident. He said there was no video evidence against the accused because the alleged celebrations took place in the dark. Both Pathak and Yadav, however, claimed the accused had admitted to raising pro-Pakistan slogans and called it a mistake.

Ranjeetbhai, a former Janpad Panchayat member, claimed that only a handful of youngsters, who were drunk, had burst crackers, but did not indulge in sloganeering. He said that labourers, students and farmers were among those arrested. Former Nationalist Congress Party MLA from Burhanpur, Hamid Qazi, claimed many Muslim men had left the village after police started frequenting it since Monday evening.

The town inspector said he had written letters to the district collector and the superintendent of police to stop subsidies extended to the accused. He said there was a gazette notification to this effect but he did not have a copy of it.

In another incident, three men were arrested from Khamaria village in Ujjain district for allegedly raising “pro-Islam slogans” while celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India.

The three youngsters were booked under Section 153 A (b) of the IPC (acts likely to promote communal disharmony and disturb public peace) after they burst crackers and allegedly raised slogans glorifying Islam and denigrating Hinduism, Khachrod town inspector Dinesh Varma told The Indian Express.

Police said the accused raised only religious slogans, not pro-Pakistan slogans that would have attracted the sedition charge. The three were sent to judicial custody on Tuesday.

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    Shamsher Bahadur
    Jun 24, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    Md. ALI what rubbish? This stupid man can't even write a proper sentence in english. Seems like he is one of those illiterate muslims who keeps chanting allah hookkabar... bismillah allah aur rahim and bloody what not all day long. These foolish people goes to Madrasas where they are taught by some maulvis who keeps beard which is bigger than qutub minar and they preaches how to disturb hindus and indians. Rubbish post by a nonsence muslim.
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      Mohammad Ali
      Jun 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm
      Ipc 120B , 124A, 153B (b) , what is this , some people celebrate when his fabrate nation win cricket , and you charges these section on hum , rediculas , with out any video evidence So, what about gaurqkshak , they periodic , do some thing , otherwise you will responsible for india's future Oh, ALLAH save to my India ALLAHMOHAMMAD md.ali24434
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        Ananth Kumar
        Jun 22, 2017 at 7:32 am
        These are the secularists of India.
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          Rids
          Jun 21, 2017 at 7:58 pm
          U guys commenting on that news which not proved yet only allegations without any proof so people pls don't b judgmental without seeing any proof wow what a mind set v r for hatred just a small news without evidence come on grow up guys
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            SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR
            Jun 20, 2017 at 10:53 pm
            Its 22:30 pm now, nights prayers have just ended (Ramadan), and here i read these fellows are behind bars, its amazing that these fellows get time for match instead of focusing on prayer, charity, or life. Nor did i know there was india/pak match. They should be treated accordingly, at least for burning crackers instead of buying food for the needy, with that money.... If India had won instead, then someone supporting Virat too would be behind bars, in Pakistan. Years ago i asked my cousin who was 11 yrs old in his school years, that if there was a match between India/Pak who will you support? Cousin: Obviously India! Me: Why? We are muslims just like Pak team, we should support them. Cousin: Yes we are muslims but, as we are brought up in India our heart without any hesitation will always support India. And this is true atleast in my case, where in DXB I can trust a hindu Indian more than a muslim Pak (generally). I hope this answers to those, who can type without cursing....
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              S.Kumar
              Jun 21, 2017 at 6:47 am
              Brother, God be with you and your cousin. There are video clips of Muslims celebrations in Mumbai after the last India wicket fell. Those who asked why Indians support the RSS n BJP , this is the reason. And this is also the reason why the RSS does what it does. Save the Nation. I am not a member, but I started supporting them when my muslim friend's wife told me that her husband's family supports Pakistan for everything!!
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                shailendra
                Jun 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm
                Kumar, only this time I heard the news that Police put such people in jail in different part of India, means thugs should know some one is watching such people should have fear of Police.
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                  Rids
                  Jun 21, 2017 at 7:52 pm
                  It's in Pakistan checked out the channel it's not in India People spreading unnecessarily hatred and who doesn't hav brain or brain wash people accepting this blindly
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                  Desh
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                  Well said,keep trusting Hindu more than a Muslim, May Allah will be more pleased with you, you are asking to believe the disbeliever, who rejected Allah,messenger, and his Deen, The idol worshiper will have only one way,where they can live for ever and those muslim who support,may Allah give them hidayya,
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                  Sameer Das
                  Jun 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
                  why sedition charges are not slapped on the supporters of Gor nd Janamukti Morcha, in the Darjeeling hills, Bengal who are resorting to violence for a separate homeland?
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                    Lovely
                    Jun 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm
                    Fighting for separate is state is within your rights but elebrating an enemy country is sedition.
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                    Lovely
                    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm
                    It is simple. Love India or leave India.
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                      Lovely
                      Jun 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                      Muslim problem is not confined to India it has spread to all countries of world. Muslims require tough leaders like Saddam Hussain.
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                        S.Kumar
                        Jun 21, 2017 at 7:05 am
                        Sad that Saddam Hussein was eliminated by the US, cruelly ! For Greed!
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