In a sudden but significant development, the Burhanpur police in Madhya Pradesh have made a decision to drop the sedition charges framed against 15 men who were arrested on Monday for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans following India's loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy cricket final on Sunday.
"We have. retained charges under section 153 (a) (disturbing communal harmony) slapped against them", Burhanpur district superintendent of police R.R.S. Parihar said.
Fakhar Zaman, the Pakistan opening batsman, who rose to prominence through his match-winning century against India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, has revealed an inspiring tale elucidating how he overcame domestic bullying and forced his way into the Pakistan team. Later, the sedition charges were dropped, but the villagers are still in police custody over other charges.
However, informed sources confided that the police may have dropped the sedition charge for want of sufficient evidence to prosecute them.
ICC chief executive David Richardson confirmed this week that the world governing body are considering abandoning the 50-over Champions Trophy - which Pakistan won by defeating India in last Sunday's final at The Kia Oval - to add extra Twenty20 tournaments to the calendar.
They piled up 338 for four, bolstered by left-handed opener Fakhar's maiden hundred, in what was just his fourth one-day global. Is this the "Democratic India" we hoped to live in, where support for another country in a cricket match makes you seditious.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of the men, calling the arrests "patently absurd". It doesn't matter. When India lost to Pakistan, they lost a game of cricket, that's the bottom line.
"The moment I found out that the tournament was going to be in June I knew Pakistan would win", said Amjad Ahmed, 49, a small business owner who broke two television sets after Pakistan's Group Stage loss against India.
A Pakistani man was arrested a year ago for waving an Indian flag when his idol, Indian batsman Virat Kohli, made a match-winning century.