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

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2018

Several Kashmiri cricketers were reportedly detained past year in Ganderbal district after a video clip surfaced in social media showing them wearing the Pakistani team's jersey with the neighbouring country's national anthem playing in the background.

A video of Kashmiri cricketers standing up for the Pakistani national anthem in north Kashmir's Bandipore has gone viral on social media, triggering a controversy. The players can be seen standing with their heads bowed as the Pakistani national anthem played in the background over the loudspeakers.

The incident came to light after a 1-minute 46-second video surfaced on Facebook.

The stadium where the incident took place seems to be a local ground situated among hillocks.

Police has lodged an FIR under section 13 of the unlawful activities.

The arrests were made after a video of the incident, which took place on January 3, went viral on social media, Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.

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The match was being played between the teams of Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

SSP Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad told The Economic Times "We have registered the case and investigation is going on".

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

Police confirmed that they have booked the two teams but did not give details about the number of people who were arrested or the identity of the teams. However, only four cricketers were arrested.

Sources said the match was played a few days ago at Arin in Bandipore.

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