Six Arrested For Not Standing During National Anthem

Six Arrested For Not Standing During National Anthem
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Six persons, including a woman, were taken into custody by police on Monday for not standing up when the national anthem was played before the screening of a film at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in Thiruvananthapuram. They were later taken to a city police station and charged for contempt.  Five others were also arrested soon after the show got over. The reports suggest that police personnel were sitting among the audience.

The IFFK organizers had made it very clear that the apex court guidelines will be followed by them at the 21st edition of the IFFK that began Friday night and all the delegates have to stand up.

At the Nishagandhi auditorium, five youth and a lady, despite after being told a few times by a policeman and the organizers, refused to stand up and were taken into custody.

The action came hours after activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing complained to state police chief loknath Behra pointing out that some people at the screenings were not standing up when the national anthem was played.

The Director General of Police had also asked the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA) for an explanation.

 

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