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CT 2017: Firecrackers in Kashmir greet Pakistan's grip over India

IANS  |  Srinagar 

As the team tightened its grip on the Champions Trophy cricket final in England, firecrackers were burst by Kashmiris in and several other places of the Valley even before the match ended.

Joy was palpable in both old and uptown areas of as youths came out of their homes to celebrate the anticipated victory of

Authorities did not deploy security forces in old city areas to avoid a face-off between the celebrating youths and the security forces.

"After all, it is just a game and the better team would win. We don't want to read too much into this because support for the team has been known even much before separatist violence started here," said a senior police officer who tried to play down the development.

Markets, roads and transport in had shut much before the match started between the two arch rivals.

People rushed home early not to miss the beginning of the crucial match.

After Pakistan put up 338 runs and lost five early wickets, youths were seen dancing and rejoicing at many places in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley.



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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 20:46 IST