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June 27, 2017

Muslim villagers in India could face up to life in prison after they were arrested and charged for celebrating Pakistan's victory in the Champions Trophy.

The victory was splashed across most major newspapers, with leading English daily Dawn proclaiming: "Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final".

According to Indore inspector general of police Ajey Sharma, the police action followed a complaint filed by a local alleging that some youngsters were celebrating Pakistan's victory over India by bursting crackers and distributing candies at places close to homes of Hindus.

The police said the arrests were made in Burhanpur district's Mohad village because the villagers, all from a particular community set off firecrackers following Pakistan's win on Sunday. He said the case was registered on a complaint from a resident, Subhash.

Police in the southern state of Kerala also arrested 23 cricket fans for supporting Pakistan, and were booked for various criminal activities, including rioting and unlawful assembly, the New Indian Express newspaper reported. "They were arrested on Tuesday", he said.

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Fifteen Muslim men have been arrested in India for allegedly shouting "anti-India and pro-Pakistan" slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final.

According to Indian law, sedition amounts to inciting people to oppose their government.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi have warmly congratulated the Pakistan team for winning the Champions Trophy.

In the last 10 years, Indian cricket team has got better of their arch-rivals and this has allowed their fans to troll their counterparts.

In 2014, a group of 67 college students from Kashmir were charged with sedation while watching an India-Pakistan clash at a campus hostel in Uttar Pradesh, though the charges were eventually dropped.

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