Two college students were taken into custody at Puttur, Karnataka on March 19 for posting pro-Pakistan slogans on WhatsApp. The incident was reported during the recent India-Pak T20 match.
However, the two were produced before the Executive Magistrate and were asked to execute a bond of ‘good conduct,’ the police said. They were released on the same day.
According to police, some students in a chat group were discussing the match, when one of them said ‘Jai Pakistan.’
The police said another student had then posted in support of him.
Superintendent of police Sharanappa S Dhage told Bangalore Mirror, “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.”
“Prima facie they were mere statements, without any intention of sedition, made during a group discussion,” police clarified.
India won the match, which was played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, by six wickets.