Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam bump fists. Photograph: AFP

SRINAGAR: Police have launched an investigation after a number of hundred college students in Indian Occupied Kashmir celebrated India’s current defeat to Pakistan within the cricket World Cup, officers stated Wednesday.

Round 300 college students in two prime Srinagar medical faculties gathered in two hostels watching the match on Sunday and burst into celebrations when Pakistan crushed India within the high-octane contest in Dubai.

Movies of the scholars shouting “Lengthy reside Pakistan” went viral. Footage additionally confirmed 1000’s of individuals within the metropolis and several other different cities cheering on the streets and setting off firecrackers in help of Pakistan.

On Tuesday, police opened two investigations below the Illegal Prevention Actions Act (UAPA) and raided one of many hostels, however nobody was detained, a police officer advised AFP on situation of anonymity.

“The movies are being intently scrutinised to determine cheerleaders who raised pro-Pakistan and anti-Indian slogans on the finish of the match and indulged in anti-national actions,” the officer stated.

India has used the vaguely-worded UAPA laws towards 1000’s of Kashmiri residents, journalists and dissidents, in keeping with activists.

It permits folks to be held for six months — typically rolled over — with out being charged and bail is nearly inconceivable.

In a separate related incident, police detained six residents within the Jammu area of the territory for questioning after a video exhibiting them supporting Pakistan’s cricket group emerged on social media.

“Why is loyalty to the Indian cricket group being demanded from us? Is it a criminal offense to cheer the victory of your favorite facet? Many people are petrified for being charged below terrorism legal guidelines and even being arrested or dismissed from school,” a medical scholar advised AFP, whereas declining to be named.

Kashmir’s former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter criticising the police motion, saying “As a substitute of attempting to determine why educated youth select to determine with Pakistan, GOI (Authorities of India) resorted to vindictive actions.”

On Monday, a gaggle of Kashmiri college students within the northern state of Punjab reported being attacked after they celebrated Pakistan’s victory, and an Indian schoolteacher in Rajasthan was dismissed after she posted celebratory messages on social media.

Anger towards New Delhi has simmered since August 2019 when Hindu nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi´s authorities cancelled the disputed area’s semi-autonomy and introduced it below direct rule.

Since then, over 2,000 folks have been arrested below the UAPA, with nearly half of them nonetheless in jail, in keeping with officers and rights activists.

On Wednesday, Moeed Yusuf, Pakistan’s nationwide safety advisor, criticised the police motion in a collection of tweets marking the day when the Indian army took management of Kashmir in 1947.

“It is a nation the place Kashmiri youth have been attacked, crushed up and booked simply this week solely as a result of they supported Pakistan in a cricket match towards India and celebrated our victory,” Yusuf stated.

Since their independence, the rivals have fought two wars over Kashmir.

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