Pro-Pak celebration: MP police drop sedition charges against 15

Pakistan crushed India by 182 runs in the final of Champions Trophy Sunday and lifted their maiden title.

When Pakistan clobbered India in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday - pulling off an upset so shocking, ESPN called it "some diamond-studded, galactic-scale nonsense" - flabbergasted fans took to the streets in several countries to celebrate the national cricket team's big win.

The men were booked for sedition and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code.

"It's hard to prove the sedition charge".

On the same day, the Karnataka police arrested four people in Kodagu district for allegedly celebrating Pakistan's victory.

Asmita Basu, Programmes Director of Amnesty International India, said: "These arrests are patently absurd, and the 19 men should be released immediately".

The police dropped the sedition charges on Thursday after the families of the arrested youths approached the President, national and state human rights commissions and national and state minority commissions.

The accused youths, who are native of Mohad village, 25 kilometres away from the district headquarter, are now in Khandwa jail.

If found guilty, they could be sent to prison for life. The accused youths had shouted pro-Pakistan slogans and burst crackers.

This isn't the first time that cricket fans have got into trouble for supporting rival teams.

On Wednesday, it was also confirmed that Pakistan's players will each receive 10 million rupees (£75,000) from the government in recognition of their triumph. "They have now been charged with Section 153 A of the IPC for allegedly disturbing communal harmony", Mr. Parihar said. Six others faced the same fate in the state of Karnataka.

  • Arturo Norris