Pak anthem plays at J&K cricket match, three players held

09 January, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Bert Pena
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Police in Jammu and Kashmir revealed on Sunday that they have detained four Kashmiri boys in the Bandipora district for lining up as Pakistan's national anthem was played before the start of a cricket match. Before the match commenced, the national anthem of Pakistan was played on a loudspeaker with players of both teams standing in attention.

The incident came to light after a 1-minute 46-second video surfaced on Facebook. The other team was in whites.

"Reportedly the police is looking for the organisers and other players involved in the incident". Local reports said that four persons have been arrested.

The stadium where the incident took place is a local ground situated among hillocks. The teams involved were MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

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The latest incident happened at the finals of a local tournament in Arin, Bandipora. The police has registered a case against two cricket teams for singing Pakistan's national anthem.

At-least 11 Kashmiri cricketers were detained in April past year in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district after a video clip had surfaced on social media, showing them wearing the Pakistani team's jersey with the neighbouring country's national anthem playing in the background.

In the video, the players were seen wearing the green jerseys of Pakistan's national team, the daily added.

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

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