AMID THE fervour of ‘anti-Pakistan’ themed Dussehras this year, one Punjab government official drew the line on how far the celebrations could go Tuesday. Mohali Deputy Commissioner (DC) D S Mangat asked the Dussehra management at Phase VIII ground not to burn the Pakistan flag along with the effigies of Raavan, Kumbhkarna and Meghnath.
The flag was kept ready to be burnt along with the effigies. The DC, who was the chief guest at the ground, said it was “not a right step.” The burning of the effigies was held up for five or 10 minutes as the DC urged the Dusshera committee take the flag off. The committee agreed, and decided not to burn the flag.
The DC said it was no one’s intention to insult any country, and that no one should show disrespect to the national flag of another country on an auspicious occasion such as Dussehra. At the Sector 68 Dussehra ground, an effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and another that was called “terrorism” could not be burnt because of a malfunction.
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Dussehra was celebrated with fervour in the city Tuesday. No untoward incident was reported from the district during the celebrations as tight security arrangements were in place, said the police. Dussehra celebrations in Balongi were cancelled after the death of one of the committee members, Subash Kumar. He was an actor in the Ramleela and collapsed on stage on Monday night and died. He was also the cashier of the Dussehra committee. The committee will now celebrate Dussehra Wednesday. Dussehra was also celebrated at Mataur, Kharar, Derabassin and Kurali.