IIOJK in focus

Despite bail, IIOJK students arrested for celebrating India’s defeat still face allegations

Srinagar: Seven Kashmiri students who were arrested for allegedly celebrating Australia’s victory over India in the men’s Cricket World Cup final last month have been, although, granted bail by a local court, yet they are still facing allegations under Indian laws.

The students from an agriculture university were detained in Gandarbal on the charge of cheering for Australia after the match.

The seven Kashmiri students who were arrested under draconian laws for just celebrating Australia’s victory over India in the men’s Cricket World Cup final last month, a lawyer said on Sunday.

London based news agency Reuters while commenting on the development wrote: “Muslim-majority Kashmir has seen a bloody insurrection against New Delhi for decades. Muslims in the region have in the past cheered for the competing side in India cricket matches as a way of protesting Indian rule”.

“Local political leaders opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s rule over J&K had said the arrests were a way to intimidate locals using the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The act deals with inciting any unlawful activity and is punishable with seven years’ imprisonment,” the news agency added.

The students still face allegations under other Indian laws that related to “making statements inducing public mischief”.

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