Two teams booked in Bandipora for playing Pak anthem at local match, 4 arrested

Bandipora: 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. The latest incident happened at the finals of a local tournament in Arin, Bandipora.

The teams involved were MCC, Gondipora and Dardpora Cricket Club. Police booked the players, arrested four of them after a video of the incident went viral on social media sites.

The video shows both teams lined up before the start of the match with one in green jerseys and the other in white. The players can be seen standing with their heads bowed as the Pakistani national anthem played in the background over the loudspeakers.

The stadium where the incident took place seems to be a local ground situated among hillocks. Zulfiqar Azad, SSP Bandipora told Kashmir Wire.

“We have made arrests in this regard and have counseled the village elders. We counsel anybody from stone pelters to criminals.” Reportedly the police is looking for the organisers and other players involved in the incident. While taking to Kashmir Wire, Gazanaffar, SHO Bandipora, said: “We have booked the teams under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Act with FIR number 4/2018.”

Previously also many teams have been booked under similar circumstances. (Kashmir Wire)

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