Four cricketers arrested for 'respecting' Pakistan national anthem

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

As seen in the video, players from both the teams line up before the start of the final match of a tourney in Arin area of the district, while Pak anthem plays in the background.

The videos and photographs of youngsters wearing uniform of Pakistan cricket team and flaunting it on social media also went viral. 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. A similar controversy had erupted in April 2017 when the Pakistani national anthem was played during a cricket match in Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir.

Police in India have detained four local cricketers for wearing the jerseys of the Pakistani cricket team and for standing in honor of the Pakistani national anthem ahead of a match in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The match was being played between Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club.

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

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

After 2016 political protests, which continued for five months, trend of Pakistan's national anthem being played at all major political and sports gatherings emerged across Kashmir. Apart from arresting four localities, the police have also registered a case against the two teams for participating in unlawful activities.

"The anthem was played live on Facebook and it went viral then", the source added.

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