20 held in India for celebrating Pakistan cricket team victory

Pakistan celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy. Photo: Reuters

Twenty men have been arrested in two separate regions of India for celebrating Pakistan's epic Champions Trophy victory against India, Indian media has reported.

Five men were arrested in India's Bikaner district for celebrating Pakistan's triumph, India Today reported.

Imran, Sanjay Khan, Tanveer, Shoaib and Wasim were celebrating Pakistan's victory by "dancing on the beats of dhol and chanting slogans in Pakistan's favour", according to the report.

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Police took action on the complaint of right-wing organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which demanded stern action against the individuals. A first information report of the incident has been registered.

"They have been arrested for disturbing peace. They were shouting slogans in favour of Pakistan." the station hose office (SHO) of the area said.

In a separate incident in Madhya Pradesh, 15 Muslims were arrested Monday and charged with sedition, Hindustan Times reported. The arrests were made following complaints by an individual for cracking firecrackers and chanting slogans in Pakistan's favour.

India is finding it difficult to recover from the shock defeat against a much lower-ranked Pakistan side which was followed by protests in the country.

Earlier, reports of celebrations in India-held Kashmir (IHK) had caused anger in India. Indian media outlets had reported 'widespread celebrations' in IHK following Pakistan's Champions Trophy victory against India.

Hurriyat leaders, especially Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had come under criticism for congratulating Pakistan on the win. "Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan," Farooq had tweeted.


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