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Man draws flag on paper, arrested

August 16, 2005 13:10 IST

A 70-year-old man's act of drawing the national flag on paper for his grandsons has landed him in jail in Orissa's Balasore district.

Nilratan Bawali of Talapada village was charged with causing dishonour to the tricolour, police said on Tuesday.

Bawali's grandsons pestered him for getting national flags on Independence Day. The labourer drew the tricolour on papers, which the kids took out.

However, some local residents, alleging that the sketch was wrongly drawn and was not being properly used, lodged a complaint with the police.

Police took Bawali into custody after registering a case under Section 2 of Insult to Nation's Honour Act, 1971 against him.

Villagers said Bawali was a settler who had moved to the area 30 years ago and lived there ever since.

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Sub: The flag

Most of the leaders of India are a national disgrace. The arrest is mindless.

Posted by Vijaya Kumar

Sub: This is called petty nonsense.

Or rather a crescendo of nonsense.

Posted by chanakya

Sub: What a shame

Before 1947 India was dependent, but Indian were Free. But now India may be a free country, Indian are slaves. We Indian have to honor ...

Posted by Vijayendra


what a pathetic display of law....the poor fellow was indeed was celebrating independence with his grandsons....police usually acts very strangely...they will careabout nation flag misused ...

Posted by john

Sub: Independence for all??

It shows the state of our "independence". Education is for the privelaged. So are the Re 1 tri color. OR the right to dishonour the ...

Posted by Tonmoy


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