Bengaluru, September 09 (KMS): Hindutva outfits hoisted a saffron flag atop India’s national emblem near the KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus stand, today.
The saffron flag, the symbol of Hindutva, was placed allegedly by the organisers of a Hindu religious procession.
Ahead of the procession, the organisers had decorated all prominent traffic junctions that fall along the route of the procession. They decorated circles with saffron buntings and flags. One saffron flag was placed on the statue of four lions, the Indian national emblem, as well.
As the photos of the saffron flag on the emblem caught the attention of netizens, they criticised the organisers. Deputy Commissioner of Shivamogga, R. Selvamani, told the media that he had asked the organisers to remove it.
Earlier, on February 8 this year, a group of Hindu students, participating in a protest against the wearing of hijab by Muslim girls in schools in Shivamogga, hoisted the saffron flag on the flag post – meant for hoisting of India’s national flag – of the Government First Grade College at Bapuji Nagar. This development had triggered protests across the state.