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Fans Of Pakistan’s Cricket Team Arrested For Sedition In India

Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, gives a teammate a leaping cuddle defeating India in a ICC Champions Trophy final in London on Sunday.

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Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, gives a teammate a leaping cuddle defeating India in a ICC Champions Trophy final in London on Sunday.

Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

When Pakistan clobbered India in a ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday — pulling off an dissapoint so shocking, ESPN called it “some diamond-studded, galactic-scale nonsense” — astounded fans took to a streets in several countries to applaud a inhabitant cricket team’s large win.

In India, those celebrations got some fans in low authorised trouble.

Police have arrested during slightest 19 people opposite a nation on charges of sedition, according to a Times of India.

“While a whole nation was saddened by a defeat, these people were lifting slogans in foster of Pakistan and detonate crackers on Sunday night, melancholy assent in a area,” Sanjay Pathak, a military examiner in Madhya Pradesh, a state where 15 group were arrested, told a newspaper.

“They distinguished with firecrackers, distributing candy and lifting slogans of ‘Long live Pakistan,’ ” another Madhya Pradesh military officer, Ramasray Yadav, told The New York Times. “They voiced loathing toward India and loyalty toward Pakistan. They are charged for mutiny and rapist conspiracy.”

The Times reports that all a people arrested are Muslims:

“These arrests are plainly absurd, and a 19 group should be expelled immediately,” Asmita Basu, module executive of Amnesty International India, pronounced in a statement.

“Even if a arrested group had upheld Pakistan, as a military claim, that is not a crime,” Basu continued. “Supporting a sporting group is a matter of particular choice, and impediment someone for entertaining a opposition group clearly violates their right to leisure of expression.”

But Pathak maintains identical situations have caused disturbance in a past.

“This has been function for several years, whenever there is an India-Pakistan match,” he told CNN. “We don’t have any prior cases or central complaints on record though those staying in Mohad have told us that this has happened before.”

As NPR’s Michel Martin reported, a dual countries frequency play any other in cricket, partly since of domestic tensions between them — that done Sunday’s compare all a some-more complicated with consequence.

Osman Samiuddin, comparison editor of ESPNCricinfo, told Michel that “450 to 500 million people watched it around a universe on TV. … It’s not only a sport. It’s not only a religion. we consider it’s turn a compulsion.”