Pak anthem plays at J&K cricket match, three players held

Pak anthem plays at J&K cricket match, three players held

A video of Kashmiri cricketers standing up for the Pakistani national anthem in north Kashmir's Bandipore has gone viral on social media, triggering a controversy.

"There was a local cricket tournament going on at Arin and it was the final match of the tournament", a source told the Indian Express. Several Kashmiri cricketers were reportedly detained past year in Ganderbal district after a video clip surfaced in social media showing them wearing the Pakistani team's jersey with the neighbouring country's national anthem playing in the background.

The video which was shared on January 3 has taken the internet by storm, following which the local police started investigating the case.

They have identified the place where the match was conducted as a sports field in Arin Bandipora 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.

Soon after the video surfaced, the police registered a case and arrested three players who participated in the match.

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This is not the first time that such incidents have happened in India.

In this viral video, the players of both teams appeared to be taking part in national anthem.

The police were also trying to ascertain whether the video is of a recent match and has it been morphed or doctored in any way.

The Kashmiri cricketers, who were seen singing the Pakistan national anthem, were taken to the Ganderbal Police Station, in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Previously also many teams have been booked under similar circumstances".