The Madhya Pradesh police has dropped sedition charges against 15 persons, arrested in Burhanpur district for cheering Pakistan cricket team after it won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India. Tension had gripped Mohad town, about 23 kms from the district headquarters, on Sunday night after some persons shouted slogans in favour of Pakistan and celebrated its cricket team’s win by bursting firecrackers. According to police, the suspects had also raised anti- India slogans.
“We have dropped the sedition charge under section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code and have invoked IPC section 153 (a) instead against them for disturbing communal harmony,” Burhanpur Superintendent of Police RRS Parihar told PTI on phone today. He said the investigation revealed that their action did not amount to sedition and they also do not have any past criminal record.
On Monday, the police had arrested 15 persons, aged between 19 and 35, and had booked them for sedition and criminal conspiracy (IPC section 120-B). They were arrested on Monday and the next day produced in a court which sent them to jail. The accused are lodged at a jail in Khandwa, the neigbouring district of Burhanpur.