[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Kashmiri students spared sedition charges

Police drop sedition charges against students suspended from Indian university for cheering Pakistan cricket team.

Last updated: 07 Mar 2014 08:07
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Shahid Afridi snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the match against India [AFP]

Sedition charges slapped against about 60 Kashmiri students for cheering Pakistan during a recent India-Pakistan cricket match have been dropped, media reports say.

The students of a university in the Indian city of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh had earlier been suspended following clashes with a rival group of students who were angered by their celebrations over Pakistan's victory in a limited over match played last Sunday in Bangladesh.

Spotlight
Follow our special India coverage

India Today quoted Kamal Saxena, the Uttar Pradesh home secretary, as saying that the sedition charges had been dropped as the police found that they were not applicable. 

News that the students have been charged with sedition had triggered an outcry. Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also criticised the move as unnecessary.

Saxena said the police had registered a case against unidentified men over the incidents at the university, but no Kashmiri students had been named.

India's federal government has also ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Pakistan defeated India in a Asia Cup match in the final overs, with Shahid Afridi hitting the winning runs.

India and Pakistan are nuclear rivals and have fought three wars, two of them over the territory of Kashmir which both countries claim in full.

220

Source:
Aljazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Referendum on Scottish independence is the first major election in the UK where 16 and 17-year olds get a vote.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Farmers worry about their future as buyers shun local produce and rivers show an elevated presence of heavy metals.
War-torn neighbour is an uncertain haven for refugees fleeing Pakistan's Balochistan, where locals seek independence.
NSA whistleblower Snowden and journalist Greenwald accuse Wellington of mass spying on New Zealanders.
join our mailing list