New Delhi: A number of arrests have happened in India since Pakistan's victory over India in the T20 World Cup match in Dubai two days ago. Most of the people who met the police actions for cheering Pakistan's victory were reportedly students. The arrested have been slapped with several stringent laws, including the UAPA.
In Srinagar, the police have booked some medical students under anti-terror laws, half a dozen people arrested in Jammu and three engineering students from Kashmir have an FIR filed against them in Agra. The students were also reportedly suspended from their college. In Udaipur, a teacher in a private school lost his job over WhatsApp status update.
The Indian Express quoted &K BJP chief Ravinder Raina as said that the different agencies are working on putting people behind the bars for celebrating Pakistan's victory.
The students who have been booked under several charges were accused of raising pro-Pakistan slogans following Pakistan's win. The police officials have also confirmed the FIR registered against them for the same.
On Monday, the Srinagar police filed FIRs under sections of the UAPA against unnamed women hostel students of Government Medical College (GMC) and students at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), after videos of "celebrations" on the campuses went viral.
The FIR filed at Karannagar Police Station over the GMC, Srinagar, incident says: "Some unidentified girl students celebrated Pakistan's win inside the Government Medical College Srinagar and raised pro-Pakistan slogans against the sovereignty of India." The FIR against SKIMS students, at Soura Police Station, is worded almost the same, the PTI reported.
The J&K Students' Association plead to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to withdraw the UAPA charges on students on humanitarian grounds. In a statement, reported by PTI, its national spokesperson Nasir Khuehami said the UAPA charges were harsh. "We are not justifying their actions, but it will result in their career assassination," Khuehami said.
The Agra police have registered an FIR against three students from Kashmir at the Raja Balwant Singh (RBS) Engineering Technical College after some Hindu outfits protested demanding action against them over WhatsApp messages shared by them.
Agra SP (City) Vikas Kumar said, "Some messages were written on WhatsApp which were against the country." The case was lodged under IPC Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505 (1) (B) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public), and 66-F of the IT Act.