- The Hush Post: The Principal of a school in Assam has been arrested for not hoisting the national flag on Independence Day. He also did not fly the national flag at half-mast, despite the announcement of state mourning in view of the death of former prime minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Father James, Principal of Saint Eugene English School of Morigaon in Assam, was taken into police custody. Before taking him into custody, the team which was sent to arrest him reportedly made him sing the national anthem.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Mrinmoy Goswami confirmed the arrest to a news channel and said that the principal was taken to Morigaon Police Station.
The arrest was made at 6 pm on Thursday and a case has been registered against James under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour (Amendment) Act 2005.
The central government has declared a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday. During the mourning period, the national flag flies at half-mast across the country.