On October 17, 2009 when two cricketers hailing from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested and later released by the Karnataka police after traces of an explosive material were allegedly detected in their kit bags the Chief Minster of the state Omar Abdullah had cried foul and went on to defend the players while reacting strongly against the action taken by the Karnataka police.
Parvez Rasool was made a “scapegoat” and “arrested mistakenly”,Omar had said without wasting much of his time.
“It is not that we are silent on this. We have been on the job the moment we received the news about the arrest. There was some defect in the (bag scanning) machine (at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore) and Parvez was made a scapegoat and arrested mistakenly”, Omar had stated.
Even the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association had sought an apology from the Karnataka police for mistakenly arresting the players representing the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The players were identified as Parvez Rasool and Mehrajuddin.
Omar had also stated at that point of time “we have spoken to different states that they should be sensitive while dealing with such cases because already there are various wounds”.
In contrast to this the recent incident of questioning and checking of identity cards of Ranji Trophy players of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to catch attention of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
According to official sources, the Chief Minister is away on a holiday and is expected to return in the first week of January 2014. In his absence MOS Home Sajjad Kitchloo too has avoided making a comment on the working of the state police.
Meanwhile, the state police and JKCA have been making efforts to downplay the unfortunate incident. On its part the IG Jammu Range Rajesh Kumar tried to wash off its hands by claiming that none of the players were harassed by the police during routine checking. Not a single player was interrogated or frisked.
Policemen who went there in the Hotel late Tuesday night verified their identity cards and after satisfying themselves returned. On the other hand the players claimed they were subjected to questioning and were woken up late in the night ahead of their final day of the match. JKCA has termed the incident unfortunate but shying away from seeking an apology from the state police.