UP: Youths wear Pakistan cricket team T-shirts, booked for treason

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Youth booked for treason in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh.
Lucknow, Nov 8: After youth were suspended from a college in Uttar Pradesh for supporting Pakistani cricket team, a new incident has come to fore in the state which led to an FIR on charges of 'treason' against 10 boys.

Tension grew in Uttar Pradesh after an FIR on charges of "treason" has been registered against 10 youths as they allegedly wore Pakistan cricket team t-shirts during a religious procession in a village.

An FIR on charges of treason has been registered against 10 youths at Kubersthan police station here last evening," Superintendent of Police Lalit Kumar Singh said over phone from Kushinagar.

Tension gripped Kalyan Chhapar village after the youths were seen participating in the procession on November 4 wearing Pakistan cricket team t-shirts. This was opposed by some locals, who later informed the police.

After the intervention of police, the youths removed their t-shirts. Heavy police force was deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.

"Further probe in the matter has been handed over to Additional SP Chandraprakash Shukla as it could have created a major law and order problem had the police not intervened timely," Singh said. Meanwhile, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath demanded strict action against those involved in the act.

Earlier, 67 Kashmiri students of the Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (Meerut, Uttar Pradesh) were suspended after they had allegedly distributed sweets at the University hostel and cheered for the Pakistan cricket team's victory in a cricket match with India on March 2.

The University authorities had set up a disciplinary committee to probe the incident.

The city police even slapped sedition charges on students which were later withdrawn following widespread criticism, including from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

(With inputs from agencies)

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