Authorities said on Thursday that people arrested in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India could face sedition charges.
The announcement comes a day after UP police detained three college students in Agrah for celebrating and praising archrival Pakistan’s clinical victory over India on social media.
Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets on Sunday, becoming the first team in World Cup history to defeat a neighbouring country.
The resounding victory sparked joy at home and in Muslim-majority Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK).
“Those who celebrate Pakistan’s victory will face sedition,” Yogi Adityanath’s office, the chief minister of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, said on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of a news report. If proven, the offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Previously, Adityanath’s office had directed state police to take action based on the facts of each case. Navneet Sehgal, a state information official, stated that police would determine the level of charges in each case after the investigation was completed.
Three students from Occupied Kashmir were arrested late Wednesday, according to city police official Saurabh Singh, on charges of inciting hatred between different groups.
Six people were also detained in the occupied valley, where people were celebrating Pakistan’s victory with firecrackers and Pakistan Zindabad slogans.