Pro-Pakistan Slogans in WhatsApp Group Land Indian Students in Trouble

In what looks like another case of online suspicion, the local police in Puttur, Karnataka, India arrested two college students because they posted pro-Pakistan slogans in a Whatsapp group chat. The posts were made during the aggressive India-Pakistan WorldT20 cricket match that had kept both the nations hooked to the TV.

The happening does not come very long after six JNU students were arrested on charge of sedition over alleged anti-national and pro-Pakistan sloganeering on campus. Talking about today’s news from Karnataka, the leaked Whatsapp discussion brought serious trouble for the two college goers when they were summoned by the police because of the group chat.

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Named Safwan and Abdul Rasheed, the two students posted slogans like “Jai Pakistan” and “Pakistan Zindabad” in the WhatsApp group during the over-exciting Indo-Pak T20 cricket match. A few fellow students in the group took objection to those pro-Pakistan slogans and filed a complaint for the same in the local police station. The two accused were brought before the district magistrate who released them after executing a ‘good conduct’ bond.

Superintendent of police Sharanappa S Dhage had a talk with Bangalore Mirror and said:

One bad element in the group took a screenshot of that chat and shared it outside. This spread in the local area, and was also brought to the notice of the police. The police summoned the students and asked them to sign a bond. Backgrounds of the students were also verified and it was found that there was no malafide intention in posting the chat. Hence, the case was closed.

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