MUMBAI: The Madhya Pradesh police on Thursday dropped the sedition charges against 15 persons who were arrested for celebrating the victory of Pakistan against India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.
The 15 men from Mohad in Burhanpur district were booked under Sections 124-A of the Indian penal Code (IPC), among other charges, on Tuesday.
Burhanpur Superintendent of Police Rajaram Singh Parihar told The Hindu that the charges were dropped as they were unable to find enough evidence and that the complaint was misinterpreted. “They have now been charged with Section 153 A of the IPC for allegedly disturbing communal harmony,” Mr. Parihar said.
According to witnesses, the 15 men, mostly youngsters, were daily wagers with no criminal record. Following the arrest, the families of the accused approached the President, National and State Human Rights Commissions, National and State Minority Commissions, stating their relatives were innocent and did not celebrate Pakistan’s victory.
The case was registered in the Shahpur police station in the district and the accused sent to the Khandwa jail.