22/06/2017 10:24 AM IST | Updated 22/06/2017 10:25 AM IST

MP Police Drops Sedition Charges Against 15 Muslim Men Booked For Cheering For Pakistan

Police claimed the men had celebrated Pakistan's Champions Trophy victory.

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Madhya Pradesh police have dropped sedition charges against the 15 Muslim men it had booked two days ago for celebrating Pakistan's victory against India in the ICC Champions Trophy finals on Sunday.

According to the report in the Indian Express, Burhanpur SP RR Parihar said, "It's difficult to prove the sedition charge. Moreover, none of them have a criminal background. After initial investigation we found Section 153-A is more appropriate instead of Section 124-A."

The decision to drop the sedition charges was taken a day after the father of one of the accused wrote to the President of India, national and state human rights commissions, and the national and state minority commissions saying that the arrested young men were innocent and it was not them who had burst firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan's victory.

On Sunday night, according to the police, some people in Mohad village raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and also burst crackers after Pakistan defeated India in the finals of the Champions Trophy.

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