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Kashmir: Nine arrested for posing with Pakistan flags in photo

Police has registered an FIR against the nine men, many of them students, and seized the handmade flag and the vehicle they were travelling in.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 17:43 IST
Abhishek Saha
Abhishek Saha
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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Nine men were arrested for posing with Pakistan flags in a photo.(Reuters File Photo)

Nine men werearrested on Monday after they posed for photographs with a Pakistani flag in the hill-resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district insouth Kashmir.

A senior Anantnag districtpolice officer told HT. "The young menare fromChadoora area of Budgam district and theywere taking pictures for fun with the flag while on a tour to the hill station."

Police has registered an FIR against the nine men, many of them students,andseized the handmade flag and the vehicle they were travelling in.

"Investigations are on to ascertain how they procured the flag and what is their background," the officer added.

Sources said the youth don’t have priorcases of stone-pelting or anti-social activities filed against them.

The incident comes a month after members of a local cricket team weredetained after a video clip surfaced on social media, showing them wearing the Pakistani team’s jersey with the neighbouring country’s national anthem playing in the background.

Earlier in February, a video clip of Pakistan’s anthem sung by two Kashmiri musicians using traditional instruments went viral on social media in Kashmir.

First Published: May 16, 2017 17:37 IST