Bhopal: In yet another case exposing how Indian police fabircate cases against Muslims to show they are anti-national, the man whose name is mentioned as "complainant" said the villagers arrested for cheering Pakistan were innocent.
He also said he was in the police station to help a Muslim from his village who was arrested by the police. But, the police cooked up charges against them and arrested them in a fabricated case.
"Some people (possibly miscreants) did burst firecrackers... but the only slogans raised that night were Vande Mataram... Bharat Mata Ki Jai," Subhash Koli, on whose complaint the police claimed they arrested the Muslim villagers of Mohad, is quoted as saying by NDTV.
"Nobody chanted pro-Pakistan slogans... or distributed sweets", Koli said, after making a similar statement before the court.
Koli said he went to the police station to get a Muslim youth from his neighbourhood released who had been picked up by the police.
He said he thought the police were more likely to believe him since "he is a Hindu".
"But one police officer snatched my phone and called up the control room, identifying himself as Subhash, to complain about the "celebrations"", he alleged.
The Madhya Pradesh police had arrested 15 youngsters on charges of sedition, a crime punishable by a life term in prison. It had been claimed that the police in Burhanpur district 350 km south of state capital Bhopal had received a complaint from Subhash Koli about the celebrations following India's defeat to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy finals.
The sedition charges were dropped by the police after Shivraj Singh Chuahan government was criticised by rights groups including Amnesty International.
Meanwhile, Burhanpur district police chief RRS Parihar appeared unaware, or unmoved by Subhash Koli statement.
"The case is still being investigated. If some information comes up which was not in our knowledge earlier, we will probe it," he said to NDTV.