National flag displayed upside down at BJP leader's rally in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua; police register FIR

A local resident, Vinod Nijhawan, in a complaint alleged the national flag was disrespected during the rally led by BJP leader Rajiv Jasrotia.

Press Trust of India September 30, 2018 19:42:08 IST
National flag displayed upside down at BJP leader's rally in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua; police register FIR

Jammu: The national flag was allegedly displayed upside down during a rally led by senior BJP leader Rajiv Jasrotia in Kathua district, following which an FIR was lodged for insulting the tricolour, police said Saturday.

The FIR was registered on Friday against unknown persons in Kathua Police Station under Section 2 (insulting the national flag or the Constitution) of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, a police official said.

National flag displayed upside down at BJP leaders rally in Jammu and Kashmirs Kathua police register FIR

File image of Jammu and Kashmir Police. AFP

A local resident, Vinod Nijhawan, in a complaint alleged the national flag was disrespected during the rally led by Jasrotia, who is a former minister, and BJP candidate Rahul Dev Sharma Thursday, the official said.

Jasrotia, who is the BJP MLA from Kathua constituency, had accompanied Sharma in a procession from his Shiv Nagar residence to file nomination papers for ward number 19 on Thursday for the Urban Local Body polls.

The complainant presented a video clip purportedly showing a person, just behind the BJP legislator, holding the tricolor upside down during the procession which covered a distance of over two kilometres, the official said.

In his complaint, Nijhawan said the act was "very heinous" and hurt the "sentiments of the  patriotic citizens of India".

The official said an investigation was underway in the matter.

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