3 Kashmiri students arrested for ‘hailing’ Pakistan’s T20 win against India
Three students from Jammu and Kashmir, who are studying at an engineering college in Agra, were arrested for allegedly committing "cyber terrorism" by updating their WhatsApp status to hail Pakistan's victory against India in the T20 World Cup cricket match three days ago.
"Three engineering college students have been arrested on Wednesday after a complaint was received against them on Tuesday," Agra City Superintendent of Police Vikas Kumar said, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
The three students of the Raja Balwant Singh Management Technical Campus were arrested following an FIR lodged against them at Jagdishpura Police Station in the morning, a police official said.
The FIR against them invoked, among others, is Section 66F of the Information Technology Act dealing with the offence of cyber terrorism. If convicted, it invites life imprisonment.
The other sections against the trio included are sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 505 (1) (B) (an act intended to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public or aimed at inducing a person to commit an offence against the state) of Indian Penal Code. The offences under the two sections are punishable with jail terms up to five and three years respectively on conviction.
On Wednesday, various organisations, including right-wing groups, protested at the Agra Collectorate premises and demanded action against the students.
Dr Pankaj Gupta, the Institute's director of administration and finance, said the protesters had tried to barge into the campus at around 3:45pm on Tuesday when classes were being held and they also tried to gain access to the students' hostels.
"Their act was inappropriate and unacceptable. They did not even try to contact the college management and when they were stopped from entering the hostel premises, they began raising slogans against the college," Gupta said.
"The college has suspended the three students. But they still raised objectionable slogans to defame the college," he said.