Indian police arrest seven for ‘celebrating’ Pakistan cricket win

Indian police arrest seven for ‘celebrating’ Pakistan cricket win

10/28/2021 1:42:00 PM

Indian police arrest seven for ‘celebrating’ Pakistan cricket win

Young Muslims face charges including ‘promoting enmity’ after match at T20 World Cup in Dubai

Last modified on Thu 28 Oct 2021 12.00 BSTIndian police have arrested seven Muslim youths for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory overIndiain a cricket match on Sunday.Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, a senior Bharatiya Janata party figure, said in a tweet that the three may be charged with sedition, on top of the charges of cyberterrorism and “promoting enmity among groups” that police accused them of after the arrests on Wednesday.

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Another leading BJP politician, federal cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh, told NDTV news channel that Uttar Pradesh police would take the strictest possible action against anyone for exulting in India’s defeat in Sunday’sT20 World Cupcricket game in Dubai.

Three of the youths, Arsheed Yousuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Showkat Ahmed Ganai, are engineering students at Raja Balwant Singh College in Agra and are from Kashmir. They are also accused of posting messages on social media supporting Pakistan. The college has suspended them.

The other three youths were arrested in Bareilly and one in Lucknow.Jammu and Kashmir police also booked some students at two medical colleges in Srinagar for celebrating Pakistan’s win.The issue of some Indian Muslims cheering and clapping whenever Pakistan defeats India in a cricket match has been a bone of contention for decades.

BJP supporters and Hindu nationalists attack such behaviour as disloyalty or treason.Liberals reject this, saying Indians should be free to support whoever they wish in cricket or any other sphere of life, and accuse Hindu extremists of exaggerating accusations in an attempt to smear Muslims.

Adityanath has been pursuing a vigorously anti-Muslim campaign involving arbitrary arrests and intimidation since he came to power in the state in 2017. He has removed the Muslim names of several towns and railway stations and replaced them with Hindu names.

During the protests against the controversial Indian citizenship law in 2019, when Muslims came out on to the streets to vent their opposition, many Muslim men had their property confiscated after being given huge fines for allegedly vandalising public property that were impossible for them to pay.

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Adityanath said at the time that the fines and confiscation were revenge against those who had indulged in violence in the demonstrations.Last month, he banned the sale of meat in Mathura, a town that Hindus consider to be holy because it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The meat trade is a traditional Muslim occupation.

Mathura was simply the latest on an ever-growing list of towns in the state where the sale of meat is banned to “protect” Hindu sentiments. Read more: The Guardian »

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Is it because that India lost and Pakistan made it though the finals Barbaric and insane. India Indiacricket Hearsay India is so called World Largest Democracy ? If Pro-Pak slogans or Azadi slogans are raised in Delhi, Chennai etc. It is hardly of Consequence. But in Kashmir, a Conflict Zone, it has different went to State/UT post revocation 370. It can't slide back to 90's. “Hindustan Murdabad” was aligned as well.

Good Decision Indian Police and GOI👏👏 Chanting “Jio Jio Pakistan” and aligning “Hindustan Murdabad” in the same sentence is definitely act of terror against the state. Now remove the blindfold and READ. Fascist state Seven minorities Pathetic Some people put religion over nation deserve that and those people missed train in 1947 partition

Sounds like fascism to me. Indian government is truly horrendous. Context matters in this bitter rivalry beyond sports which ofcourse the guardian has failed to do. Imagine supporting a country who constantly sponsors terror activities against your own state. Thank you Modi for this international embarrassment 🥰