Four Kashmiri cricketers arrested for respecting Pakistani national anthem

4 Kashmiri cricketers arrested several detained for standing in honour of Pakistan’s national anthem

Once again the practice has come to the fore where Kashmiri cricket teams wear Pakistani jerseys and play the country's national anthem before a match.

As per local reports, the police have arrested 4 Kashmiri cricketers and are on the lookout of the organisers of the event.

Police booked the players, arrested four of them after a video of the incident went viral on social media sites. Parents of the players of both teams were counselled to avoid being part of such incidents in future.

The 1.45-minute video showed one team in green jerseys like the Pakistani cricket team. Pakistan's national anthem is being played through a boombox while a few people are seen recording the incident.

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

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In 2016 also, another video had gone viral showing local cricketers line up to "salute" Pakistan's national anthem before the start of a match in Ganderbal district.

On Sunday morning, the Jammu and Kashmir police booked two cricket teams and several cricketers in Kashmir for standing in respect of Pakistan's national anthem.

Senior Superintendent of Police of Bandipora Sheikh Zulfikar Azad told Greater Kashmir that the police had held a "counseling session" in the village.

This is not the first time that cricket matches have led to arrests in Kashmir.

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