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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Halal chicken store owner insults national flag, Kerala police takes no action

A Halal chicken stall owner insulted our national flag but Kerala police allegedly refused to take any action against the perpetrator. The flag was hung in full public view, in a dirty environment and the shop owner was using it to wipe his bloody hands. The incident was reported from a Halal chicken and mutton store at Kattakada on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram city. 

Horrified locals informed the local police and handed over photos and videos of the incident. Mysteriously the police arrived several hours later for investigation and by then the flag was removed. Despite the clear evidence, Kattakada police returned without taking any action and refused to even question the shop owner. 

Locals said that the evidence was shared only with the police officers. A local activist named Reji alleged that the owner removed the flag after he was secretly intimated by some police officer about the complaint. Strong protests against the incident are being registered on social media.

Incidentally, the law says that whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or [otherwise shows disrespect to or brings] into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the National Flag or the Constitution of Bharat or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

Could this be another instance of the Pacha Velicham (green light) in action?

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