The case involving 15 Muslims arrested for raising pro Pakistan slogan has now took a new turn with the original complainant accusing the police for using his phone to call in a false complaint and tricked him into signing a written complaint. He has been hiding since the weekend, alleging harassment by the police. All those who were arrested have now been granted bail reports NDTV
The police had initially charged the men with sedition, which is non bailable . But the sedition charge was later dropped and the men from the same village, Mohad, were charged with disturbing communal harmony.
The police's case has now been challenged by Subhash Koli also a resident of the village, on whose complaint the police said they had filed a first information report or FIR against the 15 men. The FIR alleges that the young men burst firecrackers, raised pro-Pakistan slogans and distributed sweets during the cricket match and after Pakistan's win.
But refuting this Subhash Koli has told court in a statement that there were no celebrations or sweets distributed and pro Pakistan slogan were not raised in the village
The police or the Home department has not responded so far to the allegation raised by the resident.
15 men, aged between 19 and 35, were lodged at the Khandwa District Jail for more than a week after a court rejected their bail applications a day after they were arrested.
Amid widespread criticism of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's Madhya Pradesh government for what civil society activists called "abuse of the law," the police had on Friday dropped the sedition charge.