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Police arrest Kashmiri Muslims for celebrating Pakistan cricket workforce victory over India

Police superintendent Vikash Kumar in Agra — a metropolis within the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh — informed reporters on Tuesday night {that a} criticism was filed on the Jagdishpura police station after “anti-national” messages have been despatched by college students at Raja Balwant Singh (RBS) engineering school following the match between the 2 cricketing rivals.

On Wednesday, Uttar Pradesh Police tweeted that 5 folks had been arrested in incidents all through the state after “anti-national parts used disrespectful phrases in opposition to the Indian cricket workforce and made anti-India feedback which disrupted peace.”

Police informed CNN on Thursday that three college students from RBS engineering school had been arrested on Wednesday “for committing an offense with intent to trigger, or which is prone to trigger, worry or alarm to the general public, or to any part of the general public whereby any individual could also be induced to commit an offense in opposition to the State or in opposition to the general public tranquility.”

The three have been additionally arrested for committing an offense of cyber terrorism beneath India’s data expertise act, whereas the cost of sedition was added earlier than they appeared in court docket on Thursday, Saurabh Singh, a deputy superintendent of police in Agra, stated.

The sedition law is a colonial period regulation which prohibits “phrases both spoken or written, or by indicators or seen illustration” that makes an attempt to trigger “hatred or contempt, or excites or makes an attempt to excite disaffection,” towards the federal government.

Nasir Khuehami, nationwide spokesperson for the Jammu and Kashmir College students Affiliation, informed CNN on Thursday night that the three college students who have been arrested are Muslim college students from Indian-administered Kashmir.

“That is completely concentrating on Kashmiri Muslims, I spoke to different native college students as we speak, the non-Kashmiri college students on the school, all of them stated that sure, they cheered (in favor of Pakistan) and posted one thing on social media which may have damage sentiments however what the criticism claims is that they shouted anti-India slogans and pro-partisan slogans,” Khuehami informed CNN.

“That’s not true, that’s completely baseless, I have been informed this by native college students, so intentionally they’re getting used as scapegoats forward of Uttar Pradesh elections.”

Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in India, is scheduled to carry legislative elections within the first quarter of 2022.

“Minutes in the past, they have been roughed up by right-wing activists within the presence of police after they have been produced in court docket,” Khuehami stated.

"Cricket unnecessarily has been mixed with politics and nationalism which is wrong ... it is an individual's right to cheer or support any team he or she likes the most," Nasir Khuehami, national spokesman for the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association told CNN.

Kashmir is a territory that’s administered partially by India and partially by Pakistan.

It has been some extent of battle between the 2 neighboring international locations ever for the reason that time of independence, and in 2019, the Indian central authorities took higher management over the area it controls, following which varied freedoms have been suspended, together with a five-month-long web shutdown. Just lately, battle within the closely militarized area has been on the rise.

“We do not really feel there may be something incorrect in cheering on a cricketer or a sportsperson, however slapping them with an FIR (First Data Report), with sedition, we really feel it’s a critical punishment and harsh punishment and we must always not combine cricket with politics,” Khuehami continued.

“Cricket unnecessarily has been combined with politics and nationalism which is incorrect, I really feel. There may be nothing incorrect with cheering or yelling for some workforce, it’s a person’s proper to cheer or assist any workforce she or he likes probably the most, and that is an arbitrary motion by the school authorities and Uttar Pradesh Authorities,” Khuehami stated, including that the three college students had additionally been suspended by the school administration at RBS engineering school.

The Jammu and Kashmir College students Affiliation has written to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh to revoke the FIR in opposition to the three Kashmiri college students.

Following India’s heavy defeat to Pakistan — which Pakistan received by 10 wickets — Indian bowler Mohammad Shami confronted on-line abuse being the one Muslim participant on the Indian workforce. A number of Indian cricketers got here out in Shami’s assist.

India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said: “After we assist Staff India, we assist each one who represents Staff India. (Shami) is a dedicated, world-class bowler. He had an off day like some other sportsperson can have. I stand behind Shami & Staff India.”

“Mohammad Shami being made a goal of yesterday’s cricket match loss exhibits how radicalization and hate in opposition to Muslims has risen considerably. A workforce has 11 gamers, amongst them one is Muslim, so now he’s being focused,” Asaduddin Owaisi, president of political social gathering All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen informed reporters on Monday.

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