6 people detained at Kerala Film Festival for not standing during national anthem


At least six persons were taken into custody for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem after they refused to stand up while it was being played at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala.

They refused to stand up while the national anthem was being played in Kannakakunnu Nishagandhi open air theatre at IFFK, police said.


Even after the policemen who were present at the hall requested them to stand, they did not budge.

IFFK organisers and Director of Chalachitra Academy Charmin Kamal also asked the six persons to stand up, but they refused.

Later, police took them to Museum police station.

Meanwhile, DGP Loknath Behra directed police to keep a watch all those who show disrespect to national anthem during the film festival.

He also directed the officials to take into custody those who insult the national anthem.

Earlier in the day, BJP’ youth Yuvamorcha filed a complaint seeking action against the persons, who refused to stand up while playing national anthem, as per the recent directives of the Supreme Court.

This came after a similar incident in Tamil Nadu evoked violent reacctions from a group of 20 people, who allegedly beat up four students including two girls.

According to reports, four boys and four girls had gone to watch the 11.30 AM show of “Chennai 600028 II” when they were accused of not standing when the national anthem was being played.

During the interval, a group of 20 people, mobbed the students and began to allegedly threaten them for showing disrespect to the national anthem leading to a full-blown fight inside the theatre.

The Supreme Court on 30 November had ordered playing of national anthem inside cinema halls across the country with the national flag being displayed on screens before the start of a movie.

In his interim order, Justice Dipak Misra also stated that all people present inside the theatre must rise to pay respect to the anthem.

(With agencies inputs)


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