Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Police arrests four Kashmiri cricketers for respecting Pakistani national anthem

Police arrests four Kashmiri cricketers for respecting Pakistani national anthem

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday arrested three people after a video that surfaced on Facebook purportedly showed the Pakistani national anthem being played at the beginning of a local cricket match, Greater Kashmir reported.

In 2016, a video, showing local cricketers saluting Pakistan's national anthem before the start of a match, went viral after which the following Kashmiri cricketers were detained. This came to the notice of the authorities after a video of the incident went viral.

While one team is dressed in white jerseys, the other team is in green jerseys similar to Pakistan's cricket team. Police have registered a case under Unlawful Activities Act and have arrested four players, besides calling others for questioning. In the video, players have also bowed their heads while singing Pakistan's national anthem.

The video which was shared on January 3 has taken the internet by storm, following which the local police started investigating the case. The match was being played between Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

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NDTV reports that the boys were let off after speaking to their parents while the police are still on the lookout for the organisers of the match.

Last year, police in Hyderabad had arrested four Kashmiri students after they refused to stand up during the national anthem of India.

Zulfiqar Azad, SSP Bandipora told Kashmir Wire "We have made arrests in this regard and have counseled the village elders".

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