A police complaint has been lodged against an Uttar Pradesh businessman after his images wearing a jersey of the Pakistani cricket team during the recent India-Pakistan Asia Cup match in Dubai went viral on social media. The complaint against Sanyam Jaiswal, a resident of Civil Lines in Bareilly, was filed by a right-wing group named Bareilly Gaurakhsa Prakosth, PTI reported.
“The matter has been brought to our notice but since the incident occurred outside the country, further action will be taken in accordance with directions from the government,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bareilly, Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj told PTI on Wednesday.
The complaint was lodged after images of Jaiswal standing outside Dubai Internation Stadium wearing the jersey of the Pakistani team went viral on social media. The Indian cricket fan is also reportedly facing death threats, NDTV reported.
The family members of Jaiswal have claimed that his wearing of the Pakistani team’s jersey was just a prank.
Jaiswal’s family members said the businessman reached late for the India-Pakistan Asia Cup T20 match on August 28.
With the stadium packed, Jaiswal looked for an Indian team jersey but soon found that they were all sold out. However, there was a Pakistan jersey on sale and he bought it. Jaiswal had little idea about the controversy it would trigger back home.
Jaiswal’s family said he had a plan to shout “Hindustan zindabad” donning the Pakistani jersey during the match.
Himanshu Patel, an office-bearer of the Bareilly Gaurakhsa Prakosth, has sent a complaint to the Bareilly SSP, the inspector general of police and the additional director general of police, Bareilly zone, seeking action against Jaiswal, PTI reported.
In a video statement released from his native place in Pilibhit, the father of the businessman, Satish Jaiswal, said, “We are a family of patriots. I do not know what has my son done and under what conditions but if his actions have hurt anyone, I seek an apology with folded hands. His intentions were not to hurt anyone.”