Four Kashmiri cricketers arrested for respecting Pakistani national anthem

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Police in Jammu and Kashmir said on Sunday that they had arrested four Kashmiri boys in the state’s Bandipora district for lining up as Pakistan’s national anthem was played before the start of a cricket match.

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After a video went viral showing the players’ conduct in Arin village before the start of the match, police arrested the four.

Police said they were looking for the organisers of the match who arranged the shooting of the video, reported IANS news agency.

In 2016 also, a video went viral showing local cricketers line up to “salute” Pakistan’s national anthem before the start of a match in Ganderbal district.

Police had arrested some of the boys then but they were let off after assurances from the parents.

Last year, police in Hyderabad had arrested four Kashmiri students after they refused to stand up during the national anthem of India.

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