Kashmir: College students, staffs booked under UAPA for celebrating Pakistan’s cricket win

Image for representation: People watch the T20 match between India and Pakistan on Sunday. | PTI

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered two separate cases under draconian UAPA against students and non-teaching staffs of two medical colleges who celebrated Pakistan cricket team’s victory over India in the T20 World Cup match.

Police have taken notice of two incidents particularly – one at the hostel of the Sher E Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Soura and another at the hostel of the Government Medical College (GMC) in Karan Nagar – both in Srinagar district of central Kashmir, reported Kashmir Dot Com, a Srinagar-based news agency.

“The FIRs have been registered in Soura and Karan Nagar Police Stations of Srinagar city under sections 13 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and 505 of the Indian Penal Code. Our probe is currently underway. We will set an example through this case,” a senior officer of J&K Police told News18.

No arrests have yet been made in the case so far.

After India’s loss, several Kashmiri students in Punjab and other parts of the country physically assaulted and faced Islamophobic abuses.

Mohammed Shami, a Muslim member of India’s playing-XI, was also subjected to terrible anti-Muslim abuse on social media after the cricket match. The match finished in the 18th over bowled by Shami as Pakistan chased down a target of 152 runs with relative ease at the Dubai International Stadium.

However, former India cricketers Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harbhajan Singh have hit out at irate fans for their Islamophobic campaign against fast bowler.