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Sedition charges dropped against 15 MP men for celebrating Pak cricket win

SNS | New Delhi |

Madhya Pradesh police on Thursday dropped the sedition charges against the 15 men who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans after Pakistan’s victory over India in the Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday.

“It's difficult to prove the sedition charge. Moreover, none of them have a criminal background. After initial investigation we found Section 153-A (disturbing communal harmony) is more appropriate instead of Section 124-A,” Burhanpur SP RR Parihar was quoted as saying by a news agency.

The charges were dropped on directions from senior officials, it is learnt.

The decision to drop the sedition charges was taken a day after the father of one of the accused wrote to the President of India, national and state human rights commissions, and the national and state minority commissions, saying that the arrested young men were innocent.

According to reports, some people in Mohad village on Sunday night raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and also burst crackers after Pakistan defeated India in the finals.

A majority of those arrested by the police on the sedition charge are either daily wagers or marginal farmers.

(With inputs from agencies)