Assam: principal arrested for not hoisting National Flag in School

Assam Police arrested James Xavier, principal of Saint Eugene School Morigaon, for not hoisting National Flag on Independence Day.


Guwahati

On the occasion of  72nd independence day the National Flag  was not hoisted at a school  in  central Assam.  you may think that i m saying wrong. but it s true….read the story

The principal of a missionary-run school in central Assam was arrested Friday for not hoisting the national flag on Independence Day, police said on Saturday.

The school did not even pay heed to the state government’s directive to observe seven days of national mourning following the death of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during which the national flag is to be flown at half mast.

On Friday, the Assam Police arrested James Xavier, principal of Saint Eugene School in a village about 8 kilometres from the district headquarters Morigaon, after complaints that the school did not have the flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day.

“We received complaints from general public that no flag was hoisted,” said Mrinmoy Goswami, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Morigaon. Saint Eugene, a missionary-run school from kindergarten to class six, has about 270 students.

A case was registered under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour (Amendment) Act 2005. However, since it is a bailable offence, the 34-year-old principal was released.

“It is an insult to the nation. All the educational institutions have to hoist the flag,” Goswami said.

Police said Xavier claimed it was a mistake. He has been again called for further questioning on Sunday.

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