A minor youth has been arrested for burning the Bhartiya Tiranga and chanting anti-national slogans for use in a Tik Tok video in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. Three others involved in the act escaped from the spot.
According to reports, on the evening of 21st June, Rajajipuram native Ravikant was cycling through TikaitRai park of Bazarkhala area when he noticed four youths burning Bhartiya national flag and raising anti-national slogans. When he accosted them, instead of apologizing for their seditious act, they became aggressive and confrontational with Ravikant and attacked him.
On hearing the commotion, a passerby Rupesh Gupta intervened and saved him from being assaulted. As a crowd gathered, three miscreants managed to flee in chaos while one was held back by passersby. The detained youth, reportedly a minor, has been handed over to police and search for the three absconders is on. Ravikant lodged an FIR against the accused in Bazar Khala police station and also handed over the half-burnt flag to police.
The minor has been sent to Juvenile home for the time being and police is looking for other miscreants. The police has booked a case under section 124 (A), 153 (A), 504, 505 (1) (B) (2), 352, 325, 506 and Rashtriya Gaurav Insult Prevention Act 2.
According to Hindi media reports quoting local sources, the arrested minor is the nephew of a Samajwadi Party leader, but police denied this when OpIndia got in touch with them. A large mob gathered at the police station to pressurize police to release him, and fearing communal tension, additional forces had to be called in.
Lucknow is fast becoming a hub of anti-Hindu and anti-national activities. Last year, prominent Hindu leader, Kamlesh Tiwari was assassinated by Islamists at his office. Earlier this year, Vishva Hindu Mahasabha leader Ranjit Bachchan was shot dead while he was taking a stroll in Lucknow’s Hazratganj area. During anti CAA protests as well, there was widespread violence in the city.
Promotion of hate material, misogyny, sexual grooming of Hindu girls, induced religious conversion, anti-national sentiment and other social evils on Tik Tok are a cause of concern for Bharat. The way this Chinese app not only hosts but even incentivizes deviant behavior of adolescents is highly irresponsible and it is about time that the Bhartiya government ban this notorious app or start regulating its content.
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