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J&K: In a first, state govt employee amongst two arrested for not standing during national anthem

Police said Javed is a consultant with the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development in Jammu, and Mudassar is an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Srinagar.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: February 11, 2017 4:31 am
kashmir national anthem, kashmir national anthem arrest, J&K national anthem arrest According to the police, the men, who had gone separately to watch Raees, did not stand when the national anthem was played.

IN THE first such case in Jammu and Kashmir, police said two persons, including a state government employee, have been arrested for not standing during the national anthem at a cinema hall here. The incident took place at a cinema hall in Wave Mall in Narwal area on Thursday night. The men have been identified as Javed Ahmed, 34, of Anantnag and Mudassar Ahmed, 30, of Handwara. Police said Javed is a consultant with the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development in Jammu, and Mudassar is an employee of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Srinagar.

According to the police, the men, who had gone separately to watch Raees, did not stand when the national anthem was played. The matter was brought to their notice by Basudev Joshi, security in-charge at Wave Mall, who had also gone to watch the film. A police official said the duo claimed that they could not stand up in time as they were engaged in an argument with some women over their seats when the national anthem started. The matter is under investigation, said the official, adding that there were no CCTV cameras in the hall.

The men were booked under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act and taken to the Narwal Police Post on Thursday night. They could not get bail today as it was a public holiday. Their family members could not be contacted. Police said Javed is a resident of Sainik Colony area in Jammu, while Mudassar had come to Jammu for a departmental exam.

In November last year, the Supreme Court ruled that all cinema halls must play the national anthem before the screening of films, and all present must “stand up to show respect”.

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    Krishna
    Feb 10, 2017 at 9:34 pm
    What is the evidence police used other than a fellow who might have enmity - were there authentic videos or just words of another?
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      Satendra kumar
      Feb 11, 2017 at 3:04 am
      National anthem the new law implement for all entertainment venues should be fully respected by all Indian citizens regardless of dharma and culture.The new law authorises for imprisonerment and penalties.
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        Bharat Maa
        Feb 11, 2017 at 3:43 am
        Even feku walked away in foreign land when national anthem was pla. Y no case against him? Respect for the nation should be for all same.
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        1. Abhilash Khajuria
          Feb 11, 2017 at 5:52 pm
          in our country rules are made for common people only
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            Adrian Akau
            Feb 11, 2017 at 6:53 am
            Perhaps the women should also have been arrested along with the men for making trouble about their seats. Sometimes women can be distracting, if this was indeed what occurred.
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