Madhya Pradesh police have booked a Kashmiri student on charges of stoking tension with a pro-Pakistan Facebook comment after the team’s Champions Trophy win over India last Sunday.
Police said reacting to the Facebook post of a minor boy in Gwalior, Seh Mudasir, a resident of Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, commented: “I am a Kashmiri and I like Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad.”
Mudasir is pursuing his post-graduation in Botany from Jiwaji University, Gwalior, and has gone home while waiting for the results of his final examination, said police. He had rented a house in Gwalior.
The minor boy had congratulated Pakistan for the win on June 18 and expressed disappointment over India’s performance. Tensions rose after Mudasir’s comment on the boy’s post, police added.
Locals attacked the minor on Friday and called him anti-national even as they looked for Mudasir, said police officials.
Police registered a case against Mudasir, the minor and another person under section 153 of IPC for on charges of “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot”. Police also registered a case against a person for attacking the minor.
Gwalior (City) superintendent of police Shailendra Jadon said, “Mudasir’s comment created tension and created a riot-like situation. He will be arrested when he comes to collect his degree. If he doesn’t come, a team will go to Shopian to arrest him.”
Jadon added, “The minor also made provocative comments and has been apprehended. Police are also looking for another person who made provocative remarks.”
Police said investigations showed Mudasir had earlier liked posts hailing slain militant Burhan Wani and shared posts related to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen on Facebook.
Hundreds of Kashmiri students study in Gwalior and police are keeping a close eye on the situation. Additional superintendent of police Abhishek Tiwari said, “We are handling this matter with extra care so that it doesn’t affect other Kashmiri students.”