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Send those happy with Pak win packing to where their hearts lie: NCM chief

Media reports say 15 persons were arrested on sedition charges for celebrating Pakistan's victory

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Gairul Hasan Rizvi. Photo: ANI
Gairul Hasan Rizvi. Photo: ANI

Those who celebrated team's victory in the recently concluded Champions trophy final should go and live there, Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan has said.

made the remarks in Meerut on Tuesday while responding to queries by journalists about reports of celebrations in parts of after won on last Sunday.

The NCM chairman was in the town to attend an Iftar party.

Asked about the remarks, today said he is firm on his comments.

"Some people in reportedly likened Pakistan's victory to Eid before Eid. I was asked about it...So, I said those who feel happy about Pakistan's victory should go and live there or they can be sent packing for their hearts lie in that country," he added.

Rizvi, appointed to the Commission last month, said had he refused to comment on the query, it would have meant he "supported" the celebrations by those who live in but enjoy Pakistan's win.

"I feel those who did so, were on the wrong side. Therefore, I said what I said," the former leader of BJP's minority wing said.

According to media reports, 15 persons were arrested on sedition charges after they allegedly celebrated the neighbouring country's victory. Similar case was reported also from Kerala where 23 persons were charged on a complaint by a BJP leader.

First Published: Thu, June 22 2017. 16:34 IST