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Sedition charges against ‘Pakistan cricket fans’ dropped by India

Police in India have dropped sedition charges against Muslim men who allegedly chanted “anti-India and pro-Pakistan” slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final.

The 15 men were arrested after their Hindu neighbours complained they had burst firecrackers during the game, which saw Pakistan beat India by 180 runs.

The incident occurred in Madhya Pradesh state.

Police have been quoted as saying that the men were charged because of the anti-India slogans and not because they were cheering for Pakistan.

It is reported that officers have said that sedition is “hard to prove” and so the men have been charged with "disturbing communal harmony" instead.

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