After six months, three Kashmiri students who lauded Pak’s T20 victory, released from jail

After been in jail for over six months in charges of sedition for allegedly celebrating Pakistan cricket team’s victory over India in T20 World Cup, three Kashmiri were released from Agra jail on Monday.

On March 30, Allahabad High Court had granted bail to the three engineering students of Agra’s Raja Balwant Singh Engineering College– Showkat Ahmad Ghani, Arshad Yousuf Paul and Inayat Altaf Sheikh.

However, as the court of justice Ajay Bhanot had ordered them to furnish personal bonds with sureties for Rs 2 lakh, they remained in jail for nearly a month. The family has now completed the formalities, which has allowed their release.

“The foundations of our nation are more enduring. Eternal ideals bind the indestructible unity of India. Constitutional values create an indissoluble union of India. Every citizen of the country is the custodian, and the State is the sentinel of the unity of India and the constitutional values of the nation,” justice Bhanot said in his order.

The Uttar Pradesh police arrested the students on October 27 and booked them under Indian Penal Code Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different communities), 505 (circulating statement with intent to cause fear or alarm), as well as Information Technology Act Section 66F (cyber terrorism). Another Section 124A with serious offence of sedition, was included later.

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