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Police question J&K cricketers

Srinagar: Players of the Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy team were allegedly subjected to intense questioning by the state police during a raid at the team hotel in Jammu, where they were playing a match against Hyderabad.

An official of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) said that a police party raided the team hotel on Tuesday night. According to a police officer, it was a routine search of hotels in the area in view of the forthcoming Republic Day function and denied that the searches were aimed at the players.

None of the players were available for the comment, but Samiullah Beigh, a senior player, recounted the horror on a social networking site.

“Could not sleep whole night. Police came to search our hotel at midnight and questioned us for hours at 1:15am in the night”, he wrote.

“Whether deliberate harassment or routine check up. Surely this isn’t the way to treat a bunch of guys of national and international repute, especially when you are playing the most important match of the J&K cricket history,” Beigh wrote.

Meanwhile, according to an Agency report, JKCA president and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah has expressed anguish and dismay over the incident.

Abdullah expressed solidarity with the players and said the incident has pained him immensely. “This should not have happened in the first instance,” he said in a press release.