Kashmiri cricketers arrested for playing Pakistan anthem in Bandipora

Cricket teams booked in Kashmir as Pakistan's national anthem played before match

Cricket teams booked in Kashmir as Pakistan's national anthem played before match

Several players were booked for bowing their heads in honour of Pakistan's national anthem, which was played before the start of the match in Bandipora district.

Jammu and Kashmir police arrested four youngsters Sunday for playing the Pakistani national anthem before start of a cricket match in Bandipora district.

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"There were some mischievous elements who created this problem, it is a far flung area and I think people were made to do this under pressure, police is now after the cricketers and this has also come in the media, but I don't think cricketers had any bad intentions", said Mr Majeed.

The stadium where the incident took place is a local ground situated among hillocks. The local police immediately swung into action and registered a case against the two teams under section 13 of RPC.

Soon after the video surfaced, the police registered a case and arrested three players who participated in the match. However, only four cricketers were arrested. The teams involved were MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

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An independent MLA from Langate in Jammu & Kashmir kicked up a row during the assembly proceedings by saying there is nothing wrong in playing the Pakistani national anthem in the valley.

The video that popped up on Facebook on Saturday showed two cricket teams lined up on the pitch before the start of a match.

Last year, police in Hyderabad had arrested four Kashmiri students after they refused to stand up during the national anthem of India. However, the detained were soon let off following assurances from their parents.

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