A video capturing a police official preventing a Pakistani cricket fan from shouting “Pakistan zindabad” during a Cricket World Cup match in Bengaluru has sparked online criticism.
The incident occurred at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium during a game between Pakistan and Australia, and the video has since gone viral on social media platforms.
In the 45-second video, a man donning a Pakistan cricket team jersey can be seen engaged in a heated exchange with a police official, questioning why he’s not allowed to cheer for his team. The fan queries why shouting “Bharat mata ki jai” is considered acceptable while “Pakistan Zindabad” is not.
In response, the police official states, “Bharat mata ki jai [is] good, but Pakistan zindabad [is] not good.”
The incident has raised concerns and disappointment as fans are being hindered from expressing their support for their team. This situation appears to contradict the spirit of sportsmanship.
The fan insists that Pakistan is playing and asks what else he should chant. He proceeds to record the encounter on his mobile phone, requesting the police official to clarify on video that he’s not allowed to say “Pakistan zindabad.” The officer eventually moves away following the fan’s demand.
It’s worth noting that Australia emerged victorious in the match by 62 runs.
This incident has prompted varied reactions online, with many expressing their opinions on the matter. The incident has sparked a conversation about the freedom of expression and sportsmanship during cricket matches.
Indian actor Nakul Mehta called out the behavior of the Indian Police officers and said that the Police officers do not represent the majority of the Indian nation. He said that fans are allowed to cheer their team in the tournaments. Similarly, Pakistani fans should be allowed to support the team in India.