No treason, no insult of national flag at Lal Quila

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/29/2021 12:39:01 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 28: False hue and cry over insult of the national flag flying on the Red Fort (Lal Quila) on the Republic Day. Inquiries show it was not replaced by any other flag by the protesters on the day of the siege of the Red Fort by them as a mark of their protest against the three controversial farm laws enacted last September.
The protesters, who broke away from the tractor parades to reach the spot, actually mounted the religious Sikh flag "Nishaan Sahib" and a farmer union flag on the adjacent empty poles. The electronic media played it up as a treason and insult of the national flag, but no case of treason is registered by Delhi Police while slapping several cases on the protesters, including charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, usually used against the terrorists.
Police found out that there is no law under which unfurling of any flag, other than the Tricolour, is not allowed since it would have been unlawful only if the Red Fort were a government building.
The Red Fort is neither a government building nor a statutory building, but only a historical building under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), but it is no more under the government's control since it was handed over under a lease agreement three years ago to the Dalmia Group of Industries for its upkeep and maintenance as its corporate social responsibility.
The farmers' demonstration was exactly at the same ground opposite the Red Fort where the BJP had held a demonstration in 1988 under its former Delhi chief minister Madanlal Khurana and the Police had lathi-charged the demonstrators then under the leadership of DCP Kiran Bedi (now Lt Governor of Puducherry).
An old-timer journalist pointed out a slogan raised by the BJP across the country that "Lal Kile par Kamal Nishan, Mangraha Hindustan," a cry for putting the BJP symbol on the Red Fort. How can it be a treason if a Sikh symbol is planted there instead of the BJP symbol, he asked.
The demonstrations were held on the same ground on which a "Rashtra Raksha Yagya" was performed in 2018 for the second term to Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. The ground is also used for holding the "Ramlila" in which leaders of the ruling party are invited every year on the last day of the symbolic killing of Ravana. Only last year, the event could not be held due to the Corona pandemic.



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