National Anthem row: DC Jammu turns vigilante, gets two Kashmiri employees booked

KL Correspondent

Jammu

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jammu Simrandeep Singh on Thursday took it upon himself to enforce law and get two young Kashmir Muslim government employees booked for allegedly showing “disrespect” to the national anthem played in the wave cinema ahead of a movie screening in Narwal Bala area of Jammu City.

Reports said he called up SDPO Narwal Chandan Kohli. Before the SDPO could reach and arrest the two persons, eyewitnesses said, that some youngsters who had come to watch the movie roughed them up. The two were lodged in Police Station (PS) Narwal and have been bailed out by their family members, as per the latest reports.

The two have been identified as Javeed Ahmad Teeli son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Hillar village of Islamabad, at present Sainik Colony and Muddasir Ahmad son of Ghulam Nabi of Neelipura in Handwara.

Police said that Javeed is a consultant with the J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (J&KIMPARD) in Jammu and Muddasir is Probationary Officer (PO) of a Bank in Srinagar.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jammu Simrandeep Singh told Kashmir Life that he had gone to watch the movie too. “When the national anthem was being played, the two did not stand up. I noticed them but before I could say anything, those who had come to watch the movie, objected to this. I rang up the SDPO who came and took the two away,” said Simrandeep.

An FIR no. 31/2017 has been lodged and the two have been booked under Section 2/3 Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act-1971 for showing disrespect to the National Anthem. Kashmir Life rang up the SDPO Chandan Kohli as well as the Narwal Chowki In-charge Waseem Mehraj but both refused to share the details of the incident citing orders from higher-ups.

It needs to be mentioned here that the vigilantism has intensified after Supreme Court had in its order on November 30 directed all the cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of movie and stated that all persons present must stand up in respect. The court exempted differently-abled persons from standing up.

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