Indian police on Wednesday arrested a group of Kashmiri cricketers after they donned the Pakistani team’s jersey and played Pakistan’s national anthem before a match in what authorities saw an act of defiance.
Ghulam Hassan Bhat, Deputy Inspector General of Police in the Central Kashmir region, was quoted by Indian media that “the boys are in the police station”.
Identities of the players were not immediately known. According to reports, a large number of people have gathered around the police station, demanding immediate release of the 11 players.
According to the reports, the match was played on April 2, the day Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kashmir.
Quoting sources, an Indian newspaper said a team of the counter-terrorism National Investigation Agency (NIA) will fly from New Delhi to Kashmir on Thursday to probe the “cricket incident”.