SRINAGAR: Police have arrested two club football players and are looking for the rest who raised pro-freedom slogans during an army-sponsored match at Hanga area of Langate in north Kashmir nearly two weeks ago.
At least two sportsmen have been arrested, while searches are on in the area for the rest, locals told Kashmir Reader.
A resident of Hanga area said that pro-freedom slogans were chanted after the end of the match. The match was the inaugural match of the football tournament.
He said that after the match between Sher Khan Football club and Hanga Langate, a celebration started during which pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans were raised. The prize distribution ceremony was cancelled. It was to be attended by army officers and JK Police officers.
“The match was played smoothly. After the end of the match, during the celebrations by the victorious team, pro-freedom slogans were raised. Now, two weeks later, two footballers have been taken into police custody. They were first asked by police to report to a police station. When they went there they were arrested and have not yet been released. The search for the rest is on. Some of the players have reportedly gone into hiding,” the local said.
MLA Langate Er Rasheed told Kashmir Reader that locals should refrain from participating in army-sponsored tournaments. He asked JK Police to not follow the army’s dictates.
“Army should not organise any such event and should engage only in activities pertaining to their domain. I ask police not to be party in their hands. People should also not participate in any such tournament,” Rasheed said. “Regarding the arrests, I will look into it,” he said.
The police station house officer of the area, Azam Khan, said he was busy when this newspaper contacted him for his comments.
Towards the end of 2016, when the summer uprising had calmed down in most of the valley, the Beighpora locality of Kralgund village falling in Langate area was still restive. People in this locality continued to sing Azadi songs on streets and from mosque loudspeakers, until police picked up 28 inhabitants of Beighpora in one go, 11 of them from a single clan, to calm the “most volatile locality” in north Kashmir.