The police has arrested 15 persons on charges of sedition for allegedly shouting pro-Pakistan slogans after its cricket team won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday in Madhya Pradesh.
Tension gripped Mohad town, about 23 kilometres 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 also raised anti-India slogans.
Security was stepped up immediately in the town to avoid any law and order problem.
The police later registered a case on a complaint lodged by one Subhash Laxman Koli and arrested the 15 persons yesterday, Shahpur police station in-charge Sanjay Pathak said.
When the suspects were produced in the local court this afternoon, lawyers and some other people gathered there raised slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’.
Besides slogan shouting, they also hurled expletives at the suspects, who were produced in the court under heavy police arrangements.
The court of Judicial Magistrate (first class) Poonam Domecha rejected the bail applications of all the 15 persons and sent them to jail, following which they were taken to Khandwa district jail.
“There was a complaint that the accused celebrated Pakistan’s victory by bursting crackers and raising pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans,” Pathak said.
The police booked the persons, aged between 19 and 35 years, under the IPC sections of 124-A (sedition) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Vrahaspati Singh said additional police force was deployed in the court to avoid any untoward incident.
Pakistan had hammered India by 180 runs to lift the Champions Trophy.
(Feature image source: PTI)