Case on school head for flag 'insult'

A case has been lodged against the headmaster of a Raiganj school for allegedly failing to bring down the national flag after hoisting it on Independence Day on Wednesday and leaving it fluttering into the night.

By Kousik Sen
  • Published 17.08.18
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The national flag fluttering late into the evening on Independence Day

Raiganj: A case has been lodged against the headmaster of a Raiganj school for allegedly failing to bring down the national flag after hoisting it on Independence Day on Wednesday and leaving it fluttering into the night.

The district magistrate has also ordered a probe into the incident at Sijgram Junior High School, 7km from Raiganj town.

Abdul Rehman Ali, the headmaster, said he "regretted the unintentional" mistake and claimed he had asked some students to bring down the flag but they did not do so.

Under the National Flag code, the Tricolour should have been brought down before sunset. Watching it fluttering at night, some villagers informed police, who came to the school and brought the flag down.

Sijgram Junior High School. Pictures by Kousik Sen

Some of the villagers collected the signatures of other residents and lodged a police complaint. The case has been started under non-bailable sections.

Jayanta Sarkar, one of those who saw the flag at night, said: "I and some friends were returning home around 8pm when we saw the National Flag was not brought down. The head master has insulted the flag. It was his carelessness and nothing else."

Arvind Meena, the DM of Uttar Dinajpur, said: "On Independence Day, such an insult to the National Flag is intolerable. I have ordered an inquiry and asked for a report. After receiving the report, action will be taken against the headmaster."

Ali, the head teacher, said he had to leave the school early after the Independence Day programme as he stayed far away from the institution. "I had asked few students of Class VIII to bring the flag down timely but they did not follow my instructions. Definitely, it is a big mistake but unintentional. I regret it," Ali said.