Uttar Pradesh: 60 booked for waving ‘Pakistani flag’ in Badaun

Police said that, according to the video, it seemed that a 14-year-old boy was initially holding up the flag and passed it onto others in the procession.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published:December 18, 2016 5:40 am

Police registered a case against a group of 60 people moving in a religious procession on charges of waving “Pakistani flag” and causing tension in Bisauli area in Badaun district on December 12. FIR was lodged on Thursday after a video showing the alleged incident went viral on social media after December 14 and local BJP workers staged protest demanding action.

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On Friday, senior officials organised a peace meeting at Bisauli police. Police said that, according to the video, it seemed that a 14-year-old boy was initially holding up the flag and passed it onto others in the procession.

Station House Officer, Bisauli police station, Lokendra Pal Singh said that taking cognisance of the video they registered a case against unidentified people under IPC section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

“The boy was identified as son of a local tailor. During questioning, the father claimed that the boy, who is learning tailoring, had himself fashioned the flag but had not intended it to look like the Pakistan flag,” said the SHO.

“There is some difference between the flag that was carried and the Pakistan national flag, such as while the Pakistan flag has a crescent moon that is bigger than the star at its centre, the flag which was carried had the opposite,” said the SHO.

The two were released but an investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

Police are now trying to identify others who were seen carrying the flag in the video.

SHO added that “In the peace committee meeting people from Muslim community felt sorry for carrying the flag and claimed that the flag was carried by mistake and there was no malafide intention.”

Additional Superintendent of Police, Budaun, Sanjay Rai said, action would be taken on the basis of evidence collected.

When contacted, Badaun BJP district president Harish Shakya said they have submitted memorandum to the city magistrate and the superintendent of police demanding action against persons carrying the Pakistani flag.

“We are keeping a watch on the findings in the investigation,” he added.

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