It is unclear whether the group of people was shouting "Pakistan Zindabad" in the crowd. Investigations are still ongoing.
According to ANI News' Twitter, MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in response to the scandal that they took prompt action against the incident, and the accused were arrested.
Hindustan Times reported that the controversy was on August 24, 2021, days after the police arrested 16 persons on sedition charges for screaming "Pakistan zindabad" during a Muharram procession in Ujjain. The organizers of the Muharram march released a two-minute video of the celebration. Superintendent of Police Satyendra Shukla stated, "We took action only based on real footage obtained by police officers and district administration officers. We have no doubts about its veracity. We filed a lawsuit based on video within half an hour of the incident, which occurred at 10.12 pm." Additionally, Muzeeb Qazi, an organizer of the Muharram parade in Ujjain's Geeta Colony, said that the police modified the footage. The audience did not shout any anti-national chants.
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh tweeted on August 22 that the case was brought against several persons based on fake news, in which "Qazi Sahab Zindabad" slogans were portrayed as "Pakistan Zindabad" slogans. Singh stated that the police should have cross-checked the slogans before taking any action.
Hindustan Times reported that some senior police and administrative officials on the scene during the rally sought to stop and drive away those shouting pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. On August 22, a case was registered in the incident only after a comprehensive analysis of the original footage of the gathering, a Ujjain police source stated.
However, there is no evidence to prove whether a group of people in Ujjain chanted "Qazi Sahab Zindabad" or "Pakistan Zindabad," as the police investigation continues.