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Booked for Cheering Pakistan in T20 World Cup: Udaipur teacher arrested, out on bail

On October 24, India had lost its ICC T20 world cup opener against Pakistan by 10 wickets.

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
Updated: October 28, 2021 7:12:53 am
On October 24, India had lost its ICC T20 world cup opener against Pakistan by 10 wickets.

The Udaipur teacher who was sacked from her job at a private school was arrested on Wednesday and later released on bail, police said.

Dalpat Singh, Station House Officer at Udaipur’s Amba Mata police station, said Nafeesa Attari was arrested on Wednesday morning and subsequently produced in a court. “She said that it was done as a joke but that it was a mistake,” the SHO said.

Assistant Sub Inspector Ganpat Lal Sharma, who is investigating the case, said that Attari accepted that she made the comment. “The next hearing in the case is on November 9,” Lal said.

Her phone has also been seized as part of the investigation.

Rajasthan education minister and Pradesh Congress president Govind Singh Dotasra could not be contacted for his reaction on the issue.

Earlier, Attari was sacked as a teacher after she posted a celebratory WhatsApp status following Pakistan’s victory over India in their cricket world cup match Sunday.

A teacher at Neerja Modi School in Udaipur, she had posted a picture of Pakistani players with the caption, “Jeeeet gayeeee… We wonnn (sic)” on her WhatsApp. After screenshots of her WhatsApp status went viral on social media, the school management terminated her services. As per the termination letter dated October 25, Attari was “immediately expelled” from the school after a meeting of the Sojatia Charitable Trust, which runs the school.

Subsequently, a case was also filed against her under Indian Penal Code section 153 B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration) based on a complaint by local Bajrang Dal leader Rajendra Parmar. “The case against such a traitor should go on. We will go (to court) wherever required. She is a teacher. What education will she give to students? If it was a normal person, we could have thought…we are fighting against Pakistan’s terrorism and she is supporting it,” Parmar told The Indian Express. Parmar said he’s the Sambhag Adhyaksh with the Bajrang Dal.

Attari had also released a video statement apologising for the post saying she did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiment.

“We were watching the match and had divided both teams at home. And we were supporting our teams. This, in any way, does not mean that I am supporting Pakistan,” Attari said in her video message.

“Someone messaged me and said you are supporting Pakistan. As the message had emojis and there was a playful atmosphere of badinage, I said yes. This doesn’t mean I support Pakistan. I am an Indian, I love India. And I love India as much as you all do,” she said, adding, “As soon as I realised that I have made a mistake, I deleted the status message. I am sorry if I have hurt anybody’s sentiments.”

Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had also protested at the school and indulged in sloganeering against the teacher’s post on October 25.

The development comes days ahead of by-poll to Udaipur’s Vallabhnagar Assembly seat, where voting will take place on October 30.

On October 24, India had lost its ICC T20 world cup opener against Pakistan by 10 wickets.

Arrests, FIRs in UP, J&K, Haryana

Lucknow, Jammu, Gurgaon: A day after three Kashmiri students of an engineering college in Agra were booked for allegedly cheering Pakistan during Sunday’s T20 World Cup match, two more people, including a jail warder in Bareilly, have been booked and two others arrested in Uttar Pradesh over social media messages and posts purportedly “favouring Pakistan”.

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, two more people were taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans following the game, taking the number of people detained in Samba’s Chak Manga Gujran village for celebrating Pakistan’s win to eight. More detentions are likely in the case, sources said.

In Haryana, police on Tuesday booked a man for allegedly raising “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan in a video clip in Nuh’s Pinangwa village. The FIR was registered on the complaint of a police official. The accused, Irshad, alias Saddam, was booked under different IPC Sections, police said.

In UP, most FIRs were registered on complaints lodged by members of Hindu Jagran Manch and BJP. Badaun police arrested a labourer, Mohammad Niyaz, 19, for his Facebook posts.

In Sitapur, one Musharraf was arrested for his WhatsApp status “favouring” Pakistan, while Bareilly police have lodged a case against jail warder Arsh Ali Malik under IT Act.

Senior Sub-Inspector of Izzat Nagar police station, Sudesh Kumar, said Hindu Jagran Manch member Arun Kumar lodged a complaint against Malik for posting a WhatsApp status in favour of Pakistan. Police have invoked criminal intimidation and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace against Malik. Superintendent of Bareilly district jail, Vijay Vikram Singh, said they have sought an explanation from Ali regarding his WhatsApp status.

Another person, Ayan Khan, has been booked in Bareilly Act on a complaint by a BJP leader for allegedly posting a controversial status on WhatsApp after Pakistan’s victory, police said. —ENS

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