The security forces arrested many separatists in Srinagar on Friday.
With tensions heightening in Srinagar, the I-League committee has decided to postpone its second division match between Lonestar Kashmir and ARA FC, which was due to take place today – 24th February 2019.
According to a Khel Now source, “the match has been postponed and not cancelled due to security issues in Srinagar. There is also a bandh in the area.” The postponement comes ahead of an important hearing of Article 35-A in Supreme Court, which is expected to take place on Monday (25th February).
Reportedly, the ARA players were ready for the fixture, which was supposed to take place at 2 PM. En route to the match venue, they were told by the security that the match has been postponed. The news was given to them at around 11:15 AM. Now they are safe in the hotel, and have a flight scheduled for tomorrow.
This comes after separatists were arrested on Friday, in a mass crackdown by security forces. With regard to this incident, earlier even Minerva Punjab didn’t travel to Srinagar to play against Real Kashmir in the I-League, which caused much controversy.
One of our sources from Lonestar Kashmir said, “we are all ready to play the match, but the SHO cancelled it at the last minute due to security reasons.” The date for the postponed match will be announced soon. Also, AIFF or I-League committee hasn’t officially announced the postponement yet.