Students held for ‘Pakistan Ki Jai’ message on WhatsApp, released
Two college students in Karnataka were detained for sharing pro-Pakistan slogans on WhatsApp during the India-Pakistan cricket match last Saturday and released the same day after producing a ‘good conduct’ bond, police said.india Updated: Mar 25, 2016 18:32 IST
Two college students in Karnataka were detained for sharing pro-Pakistan slogans on WhatsApp during the India-Pakistan cricket match last Saturday and released later on the same day, police said.
One of the students posted on a WhatsApp group a message saying ‘Pakistan Ki Jai’, to which his classmates objected, police said on Friday.
The incident happened in a college in Puttur town near Mangaluru. Police said the duo were detained on Wednesday.
They were produced before an executive magistrate and asked to produce a bond of good conduct and were released on the same day.
There was no intent of sedition as the slogan was just a comment, the police said.
India won the match, which was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, by six wickets. Cricket stirs passions in India and Pakistan.
In the past, Kashmiri students have been expelled for supporting the Pakistan team. Students have also clashed over celebrating the arch-rival’s success.
The incident came at a time India is faced with a debate on ‘nationalism’ and controversies over some political leaders refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
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