FIR against rally organisers for allegedly printing mosque instead of Ashoka on national flag

Bareilly: A police complaint was filed by Hindu Yuva Vahini’s Pilibhit district president Manish Chauhan against the organisers of a procession in Bareilly for allegedly showing disrespect to the national flag.

Instead of the Ashoka Chakra in the middle of the flag, a picture of a mosque was put up, alleged Manish in his complaint. Around 10,000 people reportedly took part in the procession on Wednesday.

He also demanded action against the policemen deployed on security duty for not taking any action on the spot.

Police said that the case was lodged under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act at the Pooranpur police station against the organisers who took out the Juloos-e-Ghousia procession.

Hindu Yuva Vahini local leaders after meeting Pilibhit’s Superintendent of Police said, “I came to know about it from a local resident on Thursday. He sent me the photograph of the flag with the picture of a mosque on it. Later, we met the SP and briefed him about the incident. I have handed over an application to him demanding action against the organiser and members of Juloos-e-Ghousia procession. I also requested him to inquire into the role of the cops as well. I have not submitted the photograph showing the flag.”

Pooranpur police station officer Keshav Kumar Tiwari stated “An FIR has been lodged against the organiser and members of the Juloos-e-Ghousia procession. The complainant did not submit any photograph or video as evidence. We have begun an investigation.”

He further added that “It’s true that a police team was moving along with the procession, but it is not possible for them to check each and every national flag the participants were carrying. We would collect the video and photograph of the procession to find the offender.”

[source_without_link]Indian Express[/source_without_link]