LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian police say they may consider sedition charges against dozens of Kashmiri students who cheered for the Pakistani cricket team during a match against India.
Police officer N.K.S. Chauhan said Thursday that authorities were trying to track down the 66 university students for questioning. The students were expelled from their college in Uttar Pradesh state and kicked out of their dorms following the televised cricket match Sunday.
India lost the match to Pakistan.
Sedition carries a possible life sentence.
India is a cricket-crazy nation, but some Kashmiris refuse to support the Indian team because of deep resentment over Indian rule in the territory. Insurgent groups have been fighting for Kashmir’s independence or its merger with Pakistan since 1989.