Three Kashmiri students were arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra on Wednesday for celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in the T20 World Cup match on October 24. All three are engineering students.
Agra Circle Officer (Lohamandi) Saurabh Singh said the three students have been identified as Arshad Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Shaukat Ahmed Ganai. They were arrested late on Wednesday evening. “They will be presented before a Magistrate today,” said the officer.
The three students were booked after a BJP youth wing leader Gaurav Rajawat lodged a complaint against them for allegedly “shouting pro-Pakistan slogans and sharing posts related to it on social media” after India’s loss.
Vikas Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Agra City, said that an FIR is being registered at Jagdishpura police station on the basis of the complaint. He said that the police also received information that some people had ‘shared anti-national messages’ on WhatsApp after the match. The students have been suspended from the hostel as well as the institute.
“The incident came to light after the match, anti-national remarks were made. We received a complaint, and an FIR was lodged. They were arrested after a probe,” he said.
Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that those celebrating Pakistan’s win will be charged with sedition.
Mufti demands immediate release of students
Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti has demanded immediate release of Kashmiri students arrested from a college in Agra for posting a WhatsApp status praising Pakistan players after victory against India in a T20 World Cup cricket match.
“Crackdown on Kashmiri students both within J&K & outside is reprehensible. Situation in J&K after two years of suppression should’ve been an eye opener for GOI & lead to course correction. BJP’s pseudo patriotism disregards the idea of India. Release these students immediately,” she tweeted.
Man held in Budaun for celebrating Pakistan’s T20 win
In another related case, a man has been arrested in Budaun in a sedition case for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in the T-20 World Cup match. Niaz, a resident of Faizganj Behta area, posted the picture of Pakistani flag and wrote objectionable comments in support of Pakistan on Facebook after the match, according to a complaint filed against him by Punit Shakya of Hindu Jagran Manch. In his complaint, Shakya said Niaz’s post was going viral, leading to outrage among netizens.
Budaun Senior Superintendent of Police OP Singh said Niaz posted a picture of Pakistan’s flag on his Facebook account and captioned, “I love you Pakistan, I miss you Pakistan, Jeet Mubarak Pakistan”.
Niaz was booked for sedition and under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act on Tuesday and sent to jail on Wednesday, the SSP said.
Five such cases have been registered in Agra, Bareilly, Budaun and Sitapur against seven people for allegedly using indecent language against the Indian cricket team.