Young Man From Tamil Nadu Burns Indian Flag to Make a Statement 

A 25-year-old man from Tamil Nadu adopted a rather controversial way to make a statement on social media.

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Young Man From Tamil Nadu Burns Indian Flag to Make a Statement 
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Dileepan Mahendran, a 25-year-old from Nagapattinam chose to take things to social media to express his frustration against the system – but he opted for a controversial method and now bears grim consequences.

On 31 January, images of him setting the Indian national flag on fire went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp. By the time he could take them down, it was too late. Those angered by his act began sleuthing on the internet for information on him, and two persons, including a private airlines pilot, CR Naveenkumar, filed a legal complaint against him.

He was arrested on 1 February by the Pulianthope police in Chennai, and is currently in a remand home. But according to his lawyer, Elangovan, his arrest marked the beginning of alleged gruesome police brutality.

Policemen beat him up through the night of arrest, and he was then blindfolded and taken to an undisclosed location. He was told to stand still by two men – they threatened to kill him if he moved.
Elangovan, Lawyer, Dileep Mahendran

With a broken hand and three fingers fractured, Dileepan was taken to Stanley Hospital where the men had told hospital officials not to provide him with adequate treatment because he was a “traitor”, said his lawyer. He then alleged that the police had threatened him to keep quiet about the issue in court.

Assistant Commissioner of Police R Rangaraja at the Pulianthope police station denied all allegations.

We simply acted on a complaint and arrested him. He broke his hand when he was on the run from the police and we made sure he got proper treatment for it. 
R Rangaraja, Assistant Commissioner of Police

Dileepan was an active participant in rallies and protests calling for action in the cases of Rohith Vemula and the suicides in Villupuram.

He is very passionate about social issues, and that’s why he did this. Who burns the national flag for the sake of burning it? He had a list of 30 demands that were not met and burnt the flag to turn people’s attention to them.
Elangovan, Lawyer, Dileep Mahendran

Human rights activists gheraoed the Pulianthope police department protesting the ill-treatment of Dileepan on Monday and were dispersed later.

Elangovan demands that proper medical treatment be administered to Dileepan, and action be taken against the policemen who participated in the alleged brutality.

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