Video of burning of tri-colour in Meghalaya goes viral, case registered

A video displaying the burning of the national tricolour allegedly in Meghalaya has gone viral.

The video, which surfaced on Facebook on Thursday, claimed that the act was carried out to oppose the Centre’s “highhandedness”, and to demand the implementation of the Inner-Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.

In the video, the tricolour was seen being put on a wall and fuel was poured on it before it was consigned to flames.

Meghalaya Director General of Police R Chandranathan told the media that a sou-moto case has been registered against this seditious act. “The case is under investigation. Burning of the national flag is an act of sedition. We will trace the people who are behind this,” he said.

The group/individual who had put up the video on Facebook stated that the act was carried out to oppose Centre’s highhandedness. There were also papers placed on the ground with writings demanding the implementation of the ILP, and in the writings, the words “Hynñiewtrep Army” were also seen.

In the Facebook page, it also stated that the “oppression” of the minorities has been going on from time to time. “Over and above the oppression and discrimination, now there is a law like the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which will persecute us,” it added.

“The message through this video is that the ‘Hynñiewtrep’ land is not a land where foreigners will be dumped and that the foreigners will be ruling over us. We are masters of our land who will govern ourselves. We are prepared,” it said.

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