The brother of Kashmiri cricketer who was arrested and later released yesterday in Bangalore on Sunday accused the police of the South Indian city of high handedness, saying his sibling was detained for objecting to use of sniffer dogs to check his bag which contains holy Quran.
"The police had used a sniffer dog for detection of any explosive material in their bags. Since there was a copy of holy Quran in the bag, my brother objected to the use of dog following which there was heated argument between him and the police which actually prompted his arrest," Asif, brother of Pervez Rasool of Bijbehara in Anantnag, told PTI.
Pervez Rasool and Mehrajuddin, part of 15-member under-22 J&K cricket team to participate in CK Nayudu cricket tournament were arrested on Saturday by Bangalore police for allegedly carrying a bag "used for transporting explosive before". They were later released for lack of evidence.
Asif said he brother's objection was justified as "we cannot allow dogs to touch our holy book". He said his brother was harassed for nothing as the bag carried by him was given by the J and K Cricket Association (JKCA).
A senior JKCA member said the bags had been given to the players by the association before their departure and had been purchased in New Delhi recently.
Meanwhile, resentment against the humiliation of the two young cricketers is brewing with JKCA mulling over recalling the team unless the Karnataka police tender an apology.