The decision came after the families of the men had approached the president and the human rights and minority commission.
MP: Police charged with sedition against 15 Muslims accused of shouting slogans in favor of Pakistan
Madhya Pradesh police withdrew charges of sedition against Wednesday 15 Muslims for shouting slogans and crackers pro-Pakistan after Pakistan’s victory over India in the final of the Champions Trophy ICC June 18 The 15 men were charged Under article 153-A of the Indian Penal Code for “disturbing communal harmony”.
“It is difficult to prove charge of sedition,” said police commissioner, police Burhanpur RR Parihar. “In addition, none of them has a criminal record. After an initial investigation, it was found that article 153-A is more appropriate than article 124-A.
However, the conspiracy charge (Section 120-B) will remain. The accused was sent to Khandwa Prison.
Police withdrew the charges of sedition after the families of men had approached the President, national and national human rights commissions and national minority commissions and states. Families had said that his people had never seen communal incidents before.
The father of one of the defendants said that the young were innocent and that some criminals burst into crackers. Earlier, when families showed up at the Burhanpur Court premises, they have been the figure of the militants shouting “Hindustan Zindabad”.
The incident took place on Monday in the town of Mohad in Burhapur district, which is also the state district, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan. Police opened an action after a villager filed a complaint on the matter, said the inspector of Shahpur police station, Sanjay Pathak Monday.
Amnesty condemns arrests in India
Meanwhile, Amnesty International India called for the immediate release of the accused. In a statement Wednesday, he condemned the arrests, describing it as “another worrying sign of the erosion of freedom of expression in India.”
“These arrests are manifestly absurd and the 19 men should be released immediately,” said Asmita Basu, program director for Amnesty International India, referring to the 15 men detained in Madhya Pradesh and four in the Kodagu district of Karnataka.
Amnesty also called for repeal of the sedition law.