4 detained for raising pro-Pak slogans at coffee estate, let off with warning

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The Balehonnur police had picked up four people from a coffee estate for raising pro-Pakistan slogans.

CHIKKAMAGALUR: The Balehonnur police briefly detained four people, including two minor, for raising ‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogans and cheering for that country after it won the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.

The four, who claim to be from Assam, are workers at a coffee estate near Balehonnur in NR Pura taluk. After Ajmal Ali, Ahil Uddin raised pro-Pakistan slogans, the other workers brought this to the attention of the estate manager Narayana Murthy who, in turn, informed the Balehonnur police.

The police arrived at the estate and took the four for questioning. They are believed to have told the police that they were excited after watching the match and hence raised slogans. They also apologised for their actions and promised not to raise pro-Pakistan slogans again.

The police, who have taken an undertaking from them, let them off with a warning and without filing a case.

Several illegal Bangladesh immigrants are believed to be working in coffee estates in the district. Locals have demanded that the authorities conduct proper checks into the antecedents of such people.

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