Kashmir: 15-year-old Jhanvi Behal prevented from unfurling national flag in Srinagar

Srinagar: A 15-year-old girl from Ludhiana, who publicly vowed to hoist the national flag at the historic Lal Chowk in Srinagar and had dared the separatists to stop her, was on Sunday turned back by authorities from Srinagar International Airport.

Jhanvi Behal

Jhanvi Behal (right) posing with the Indian flag near India Gate. Image courtesy: Ashwani Behal/Facebook

Jhanvi Behal, accompanied by 30 others, arrived at the airport but all of them were sent back, a police official said, without assigning any reason for the step.

Behal had grabbed the headlines earlier this year by challenging JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to a debate on nationalism.

The police official said while six persons, including Behal, had come in a flight from Chandigarh, 25 others had arrived at Srinagar in another flight from Delhi.

"All of them were sent back by the same flight in which they came," the official said.

After the outbreak of violent protests in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Behal gave an online statement expressing her intention to unfurl the natinal flag at Lal Chowk.

"I would hoist the tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on August 15 because that is a place where the national flag was insulted.

"I challenge all those, including the separatists and the Pakistanis, to stop me if they can," she had said on 23 July.

Published Date: Aug 14, 2016 20:48 PM | Updated Date: Aug 14, 2016 20:48 PM

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