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Four cricketers arrested for 'respecting' Pakistan national anthem

Two cricket teams have been booked for standing in honour of Pakistan’s national anthem being played before the start of a match in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Cricket teams booked in Kashmir as Pakistan's national anthem played before match
Jay Anderson | 09 January, 2018, 01:05

Two cricket teams of Indian held Kashmir have been booked and several players were reportedly detained for standing in honour of Pakistan's national anthem being played before the start of a match in north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

The video, apparently shot on a cell phone, went viral a week ago. The other team was in whites. The players can be seen standing with their heads bowed as the Pakistan national anthem plays in the background over loudspeakers. The video was uploaded to a page called "Kashmir -Right to self determination" from Pakistan.

The incident happened at the final of a local tournament in Arin, Bandipora, a week ago.

"The anthem was played live on Facebook and it went viral then", the source added. A police official said that the accused have been arrested in this case. "We have arrested four people", Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, senior superintendent of police, Bandipora, told DNA.




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

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team.

In April a year ago, police had detained local cricketers in Ganderbal area for donning Pakistan uniform and playing its national anthem. The reports said that the police are also looking for the organisers of the match.

In April 2017, a similar incident was reported from central Ganderbal district, where youths had played the Pakistani national anthem at the start of a local cricket match.

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