The Kadinamkulam grama panchayat authorities goofed up the Republic Day on Sunday by hoisting the national flag upside down. Police registered a case against the panchayat authorities for insulting the Tricolour.
The faux pas was noticed after the authorities hoisted the flag in front of the panchayat office around 11 am. Soon after the flag was hoisted, some of the students and residents pointed out that the Tricolour was fluttering upside down following which the panchayat authorities tried to lower the flag. However, as the media and police took up the issue, the authorities’ efforts to lower the flag and hoist it again correctly failed.
Soon after the incident, with the intervention of police, the flag was lowered and BJP activists along with the residents and others took out a protest march against the panchayat officials for insulting the Tricolour. The police said that there was a protest march by the BJP activists to the panchayat office as the authorities had not hoisted the flag even after 10 am. Later, the authorities asked a woman vendor of the nearby shop to tie and hoist the flag. The police said that it was she who tied the flag.
According to Kadinamkulam police, action would be taken against those responsible for the goof-up. However in the primary investigation it was found that one Rowlath, a nearby vendor, was the one who made the mistake. The police after questioning her found that it was not a purposeful mistake, and that there was no intention to dishonour the National Flag.