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Sena workers protest against Pak hockey players, halt HIL practice

January 13, 2013 18:53 IST

The Pakistan hockey players were in for a shock when the Shiv Sena workers protested against themĀ at the Bombay Hockey Association (BHA) stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

Pak players issued visas for Hockey India League

Pakistani hockey players were reportedly escorted away from the Mumbai stadium.

The players were in India for the inaugural Hockey India League, starting next week.

Earlier, on Friday, the Indian High Commission issued visas to the nine Pakistani players.

The protest came in the wake of the ceasefire violation across the Line of Control in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Two Indian soldiers were allegedly killed by Pakistan army on January 8 and one of them was found with his head severed, resulting in heavy cross-fire across the LoC from both the sides.

The nine players are Mohammed Rizwan Jr, Mohammed Rizwaan Sr (Delhi Wave Riders), Sayeed Kashif Shah (Punjab Warriors ), Shafqat Rasool, Mohammed Irfan (Ranchi Rhinos), Mahmood Tousiq, Mahmood Rashid, Fareed Ahmed and Imran Butt (Mumbai Magicians). The Pakistani players were bought by four of the five franchises during the HIL players' auction in New Delhi on December 16, 2012.

The much-anticipated five-team HIL is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on Monday and will conclude in Ranchi on February 10.

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