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Srinagar: In a shocking incident, two journalists were asked to leave an Army event as they did not stand up when the National anthem was being played and the Indian flag unfurled.

The national anthem was being played and the flag unfurled during the parade of the new recruits at the regimental centre of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment, and it was disrespected in front of a Jammu and Kashmir minister and senior bureaucrats, added an Army official.

The photograph which was issued by the department of Information on Tuesday, clearly displayed the two journalists disrespecting the national flag in front of the state’s Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation and senior PDP leader Syed Basharat Ahmed.

“The army had invited us to cover the event, not to participate in it. When the Indian anthem was played, I was jotting down notes for my story. After the anthem finished, a Colonel Burn came up to us and said, ‘All people here stood up for the anthem and the flag except you. We don’t need people like you here, so leave,’ ” said Junaid Bazaz (one of the journalists).

The other journalist who was asked to leave was a correspondent of the newspaper ‘Rising Kashmir’.

First Published | 25 May 2016 3:53 PM
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