Seven Kashmiri students were taken into custody and charged under the strict Unlawful Activities Prevention Act...
Digital Desk: Officials reported on Monday that seven students from a university in Jammu and Kashmir were arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for allegedly chanting anti-India slogans and celebrating the Indian cricket team's loss in the World Cup 2023 final.
The arrested Kashmiri students, according to police, are students at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST)-Kashmir and have been charged under various provisions of the UAPA and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The allegation that led to the arrests was lodged by a non-local student from Punjab who alleged that the accused students harassed and intimidated her for supporting Team India.
The complaint went on to say that Kashmiri students celebrated India's defeat and even sang pro-Pakistan slogans, frightening students from outside the Union Territory (UT).
Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir president Minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti called the detention of seven university students "shocking" and asked Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to investigate the matter.
Mufti told reporters in Srinagar that UAPA is used to apprehend terrorists, but that the government has also arrested youngsters, journalists, and students under the strict law.
"Sports are just sports. Our Prime Minister, like many others before him, has gone to attend games and cheer for both the winning team and the opposing squad. If everything is well in J-K, why is there such dread and panic over certain students celebrating Australia's victory?" Mufti inquired.
"You must win the people of J-K's hearts and minds." How many will you imprison? I've stated it before there is an ideology, and an ideology cannot be caged. Youth and journalists are being held under UAPA, which is reserved for terrorists. "They're now using this to ruin students' careers," she explained.
Team India's journey in the 2023 World Cup came to a halt in the final, as they were defeated by Australia by six wickets in Ahmedabad.