The Jammu and Kashmir cricket team, staying at Hotel Savoy in Jammu for a Ranji Trophy game against Hyderabad, were reportedly woken up by the police at around 1 am on Tuesday and questioned. Police said they were conducting searches in the area after receiving a tip-off that a suspected militant had been sighted.
The incident came to light after J&K pacer Samiullah Beigh posted on his Facebook page that the players had been questioned “for hours”. “Cudnt sleep whole night... police came to search our hotel at midnight and questioned us for hours at 1:15 am in the night. We dnt lock our doors as only our Ranji trophy team stays in that hotel. We r still feeling d shock n horror of finding uniformed people with guns surrounding us when v wre fast asleep,” he wrote.
When contacted, J&K captain Parvez Rasool confirmed the incident. “They came and checked. It was just a routine thing and nothing more. The issue is not that big, it was just a routine check-up,” he said.
The players were asked to show their identity cards, and their rooms were searched. Some pointed out that they were set to play an early match on Wednesday.
“Many players were disturbed, they could have come and checked the rooms any time, but they came at night. We were shocked... It was disturbing,” said a player who did not want to be named.
“Whether deliberate harassment or routine check-up, surely this isn’t d way to treat bunch of guys with national and international repute, especially when u r playing the most important match of the JK cricket history. Honestly m not expecting any wonders today. We may easily lose the game n hence the chances of our qualification to d quarterfinals may vanish,” Beigh posted on his Facebook page. The match ended in a draw.
The J&K Police said they conducted searches through the night following a tip-off that a suspected militant had been seen in the area. “The searches continued till 2 am, but no suspect was found,” said Jammu SSP Atul Goel. He said all the hotels in the bus stand area, Gujjar Nagar and Residency Road were searched, and the identity of their guests ascertained.
Sources said the search started from the general bus stand area in Jammu city, after the police flashed a message to the police control room at around 11 pm that the suspected militant had