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Sedition charges against 15 arrested in Madhya Pradesh for celebrating Pakistan’s win dropped

The arrested 15 individuals were booked under 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 124A (Sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Fakhar Zaman
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman holds the trophy as he celebrates with Pakistan players. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

In a very amusing yet eerie turn of events, the Madhya Pradesh police had arrested 15 people on seditional grounds. The 15 Muslims were arrested by the police and the police then imposed sedition charges against them after they were seen celebrating Pakistan’s victory. The entire scene perspired on June 18 when the Pakistani team beat the Indian side in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy.

All the 15 arrested people were seen shouting slogans in the favor of Pakistan and were also spotted bursting crackers in celebration. They were arrested in place known as Mohad, which is almost 24 kms away from the district headquarters of Burhanpur district. As per the quotes in the Hindustan Times, Sanjay Pathak, the inspector of the Shahpur Police station noted that a localite named Subhash had complained against the 15 people who were shouting anti-India slogans in the vicinity.

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“Following the complaint, we investigated the matter and found that 15 people were involved in it. By Monday late evening, we arrested all 15 people,” quoted Pathak. The arrested 15 individuals were booked under 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) and 124A (Sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Now, as per the recent updates, the police have dropped the sedition charges against the 15 arrested people. PTI confirmed the same in a tweet.

Unfortunate turn of events after the big game

Albeit the win for team Pakistan was historic in many ways, the after events in some areas seem to be very disappointing. The fans back in Pakistan celebrated with rounds of firing in many parts of the country. In an unfortunate event, a 15-year old boy was shot by one of the firing rounds and ended up losing his life as he watched the celebrations from the balcony of his house.

Similarly, an Indian cricket fan in Bangladesh could not bear the defeat to his favorite team. The Indian fan in Bangladesh committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train in Bangladesh soon after the match ended.

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