Narada News scribe among six held in Kerala for not standing up for national anthem
The arrested persons had protested against standing up while the anthem was played ahead of the screening of the night show of film 'Clash'.
Kerala police arrested six persons, including three journalists, as they did not stand up when the national anthem was played at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) in state capital Thiruvananthapuram on Monday.
The police action came after Bharatiya Yuva Morcha activists complained to the Director General of Police (DGP) Loknath Behra according to a report in The Indian Express.
The youth wing of the BJP had complained that media reports indicated that delegates at the IFFK were not standing when the national anthem was being played ahead of all screenings.
The DGP had instructed the Assistant Commissioner of Police to inquire into the complaint.
The arrested had protested against standing up while the anthem was played ahead of the screening of the night show of film Clash.
The show was planned to be shown at Kairali theatre, but later shifted to Nishagandhi theatre due to heavy rush. Reports said the police arrested people who did not get seats for the show. It is known that a Narada News' reporter was among the arrested.
Sources said a cameraman of Janam TV had reported the incident. Police circles indicated that they would be charged with non-bailable offences.
Earlier on Friday, a film society based in Kerala had approached the Supreme Court seeking exemption from its previous order that made it mandatory for everyone to stand up during the national anthem before a film screening. It pleaded that it would cause inconvenience to the 1,500-odd foreign guests attending the fest. The apex court, however, did not provide any relief.