The Bengaluru police have arrested two people who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans during a T20 match held between India and Australia on Friday in Bengaluru.
The arrested men have been identified as Inayath, 28, and Syed Mubarak, 25, residents of New Gurappana Palya in the city.
A police officer said the incident took place on Friday at around 10.30 pm at Mockaholic Pub in 1st Phase, J P Nagar, where a live screen was organised for the fourth T20 match between India and Australia.
According to the complainant Sudhir Singh, the pub manager, as the match ended, one of the patrons shouted Bharat Mata Ki Jai and three to four people sitting at the next table shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
A verbal spat ensued as the other patrons objected to the slogans. In the melee, two men managed to run away and Inayath and Mubarak were caught. The patrolling police took them to the police station.
A senior police officer said efforts were on to arrest Althaf, the third suspect, and an unknown other man, who were at large.
J P Nagar police have registered a case under sections 153 (a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc.) and 505(2) (make the publication and circulation of content which may cause ill-will or hatred between different groups an offence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).