Kashmir cricketers arrested for donning Pakistan colours
KARACHI: A group of youths of India-held Kashmir were detained on Wednesday after a video clip went viral on social media which showed them playing a cricket match wearing the green uniform of Pakistan`s national team, sources said.[TOP]
The clip went viral after the Kashmir Media Service uploaded it along with a news report on its website.
Ghulam Hassan Bhat, the deputy inspector general of police for Central Kashmir, said the cricketers had been detained for questioning.
`The boys are in the police station.
Security was beefed up as residents gathered near thepolice station, demanding immediate release of the 11 players, who reporte dly represent a cricket club in the Kalmul area of held Kashmir`s Ganderbal region.
The video clip shows a scenic location surrounded by mountains, which the portal identified as Wayil playground in Ganderbal.
Sources said the video was from a match played between two teams, one representing Pakistan and the other India.
`National anthems of both countries were played, like in any international match, clarified a Ganderbal resident who didn`t wish to be named.
The sources said the match was played on April 2, the day Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the disputed Himalayan region.