Srinagar, India, (CNSNews.com) – India says it will look into reports that police arrested more than 20 Kashmiri Muslims in the disputed Kashmir region following the successful Indian cricket team’s defeat of Pakistan on Sunday.
Police reportedly detained the men, mostly alleged to be gangsters, over allegations that they had danced on the streets and flashed victory signs when Pakistan was defeated by India in the cricket game.
Former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif told the Press Trust of India news agency the arrested men, reportedly the leaders of a pro-militant Islamic party, had been picked up by police.
The party’s leader was later released on bail. The security forces are believed to have rounded up eight others, two of whom are women.
The arrests came amid a thaw in relations following a meeting between Indian and Pakistani premier leaders in Kabul last month. Asif Ali Zardari, the new leader of Pakistan’s ruling coalition, reportedly expressed displeasure at the alleged arrests.
An Indian government spokesperson said the matter was being looked into, but insisted the men should have been let go after detention.
The spokesman stressed that the crackdown was on the fundamentalist Muslims, not against anyone belonging to a pro-Jammu and Kashmir freedom movement.
“That is not our brand of Islam,” he said.