Four cricketers held in IOK for playing Pakistan's anthem before match

Hannah Rogers
January 9, 2018

As Jammu and Kashmir's four boys arrested as their only fault that they respected Pakistan's national anthem, the four boys who have been arrested are from Bandipora district. The team dressed in green also have their right hands on their chest as the Pakistan's national anthem is being played in the background. It shows both teams lined up before the start of the match with one in green jerseys and the other in white. The incident took place on January 3. This came to the notice of the authorities after a video of the incident went viral. "The teams have been booked", said senior superintendent of police Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfikar Azad. Police have registered a case under Unlawful Activities Act and have arrested four players, besides calling others for questioning. In this case Kashmiri cricketers were detained for wearing the Pakistan Cricket team jersey and singing along with the national anthem. The teams involved were MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

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.

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This is not the first instance where Kashmiri cricketers have disrespected the nation by paying respects to Pakistan's national anthem.

After a video went viral showing the players' conduct in Arin village before the start of the match, police arrested the four.

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