Indo-Pak Cricket Aftermath: UP Police Arrests 3 Kashmiri Students

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Srinagar: The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested three Kashmiri students for allegedly celebrating Pakistan cricket team's win against India in the T20 World cup after BJP workers filed a complaint against them.

According to reports, the three students identified as Arshid Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Showkat Ahmed from Chadoora in Budgam and Bandipora districts, were arrested by a team of UP police from their hostel at the Raja Balwant Singh (RBS) Engineering Technical Agra

Reports said that a police team from police station JagdishPura Agra arrived at the hostel of the college and arrested the trio under section 153A and 505 (1) (B).

Jammu and Kashmir Student Association spokesman Nasir Khuehami said that police in UP had confirmed to him that an FIR was filed against the three students.
The students have allegedly posted congratulatory messages for Pakistan as their Whatsapp status.

Following the arrest of the students, rest of the students who are enrolled in the college have left for home fearing for their life, Nasir said.

Earlier the BJP workers had protested at the college campus and filed a complaint against them with the police.
Thousands of Kashmiri students are studying in colleges outside in different states.
The incident of booking three Kashmiri students and arresting them has raised concern and fear among the students who are studying in outside colleges in different states.

The JK Students Association has urged the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to revoke FIR against the students.

J&K Students Association here today wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to drop an FIR against three Kashmiri students & revoke their suspension.

Khuehami said that three Kashmiri students pursuing civil Engineering in Raja Balwant Singh Engineering Technical Agra, Uttar Pradesh have been suspended by college authorities for uploading status in favour of Pakistan after India Pakistan match. All three students have been booked under FIR by police station JagdishPura Agra, after a complaint was lodged against them for sharing posts related to it on social media.

"There is nothing wrong in cheering and yelling for any team. It is the right of an individual to cheer for the sports team or player he/she likes the most and the arbitrary action of the College authorities and of the police against the Kashmiri students is totally unwarranted," he said.

He said that, "FIR is a very harsh punishment for the act they did and "it will ruin their career and will further alienate them".

2 More Held In Jammu
Meanwhile, two more people were detained by police on Wednesday in Samba district in Jammu for allegedly celebrating India's defeat at the hands of Pakistan at a T20 World Cup match, taking the total number of those detained to eight, officials said.

On Monday night, a case was registered and six people were detained in this connection.

A senior officer of the district said, "Two more persons have been detained on Wednesday. More people are likely to be detained."

A video purportedly showing objectionable slogans being raised by a group of persons following a T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan on Sunday surfaced.

This triggered widespread protests by various Rightwing groups in Samba district.

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