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J&K court grants interim bail to seven students accused of raising pro-Pakistan slogans during World Cup final

According to the police report, on November 20, 2023, one Sachen Bains filed a written complaint at the Ganderbal Police Station accusing seven Kashmiri students of abusing, threatening, and targeting him due to his support for India. This alleged incident took place during the World Cup final match between India and Australia.

Subsequently, on the same day, a first information report (FIR) was registered against seven students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Kashmir under section 13 (punishment for unlawful activities) of UAPA and section 505 (statements conducing public mischief), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC.

The police report further revealed that both superior officers and senior prosecuting officers analyzed the circumstances, evidence, and statements on record.

Based on the same, they opined that the evidence did not link the accused individuals to the commission of an offense under Section 13 of UAPA. However, they concluded that the offense under Section 153-A was applicable.

Source: Barandbench

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