Deceased UP Farmer’s Body Draped in Tricolour, Kin Booked
Baljindra, a resident of Bari Bujhia village in Sehramau died in a mishap near Ghazipur protest site on 25 January.
The mother and brother of deceased Uttar Pradesh farmer Balvinder Singh have been booked on charges of disrespecting the national flag after they allegedly draped Singh in the Tricolour during his funeral procession on Wednesday, 3 February.
A resident of Bari Bujhia village in Sehramau, Singh died around 2 km from the Ghazipur farmer protest site, which is on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, after being hit by a truck. His mother and brother have now been booked after a video of his funeral went viral on social media.
“He had gone to participate in the farmers' agitation on 23 January with his friends. His body was kept in a mortuary, as that of an unidentified person. His family members came to know about the incident on 2 February, and they brought the body here,” Superintendent of Police Jai Prakash Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“Two people have been named in the FIR, and there are unidentified people accused as well. Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, has been invoked against the accused,” Prakash told The Indian Express.
Explaining the situation, the concerned SHO told The Indian Express, “Someone kept the national flag on the body, which is not permitted. The body was taken to the crematorium with the flag on it. When we got to know about this, we lodged a case on 3 February,” the SHO said on Friday.
When asked if Singh’s brother or mother had put the flag on the body, the SHO said, “Either the family put it there or they should tell us who did. We have booked unidentified persons in the FIR for this reason. It will be part of the probe.”
(With inputs from PTI.)
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