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    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Amnesty Int’l demands release of people arrested in India for celebrating Pak victory

    Amnesty International has demanded ‘immediate release’ of 35 people arrested in India for celebrating Pakistan’s win in Champions Trophy final against India.
    Indian authorities have apprehended 35 people on sedition charges against them for celebrating Pakistan’s triumph.
    Pakistan crushed India by 182 runs in the final of Champions Trophy Sunday and lifted their maiden title.
    On 19 June, the Madhya Pradesh police arrested 15 people in Burhanpur district for allegedly committing ‘sedition’ by raising ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogans after Pakistan beat India in the finals of the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy held in London.
    On the same day, the Karnataka police arrested four people in Kodagu district for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory.
    Amnesty International said the arrests of at least 19 people for celebrating the Pakistan cricket team’s victory over India is another worrying sign of the erosion of freedom of expression in India.
    Asmita Basu, Programmes Director of Amnesty International India, said:
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