A group of people today hoisted Pakistani flag in the city centre at the day time. Police and security forces personnel were present at the spot but no arrests were made on this occasion.Some eye-witnesses told that there were around 60-70 people who were on their motorcycles and cars. They appeared in the Lal Chowk area in the afternoon.Some of them went at the top of the clock tower known as Ghanta Ghar and hoisted Pakistani flag. The incident took place in middle of the day when everyone was busy in their own work.
While the people were busy with their own activities, that time a huge group of people especially youth appeared near the Ghanta Ghar area. The people didn’t pay any attention to the group initially, but then some of the group members went at the top of Ghanta Ghar and hoisted Pakistani flag which seeked all the attention of the people.Reports said that some of the police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were present in the area did not act against the people who hoisted the Pakistani flag.The police and security forces personnel gave their explanation that the group managed to escape from the place on their motorcycles and cars. Nobody was arrested from the spot.
Kashmir is back to normal after the unrest for more than 5 months and this incident took place. The people who didn’t pay much attention to the group at first got surprised later over the hoisting of Pakistani flag at the day time.In 1992 when militancy was at its peak in Kashmir, present Prime Minister and senior Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi hoisted Tri-colour at Ghanta Ghar along with some other BJP leaders including Murli Manohar Joshi.Murli Manohar Joshi was the BJP President at that time and they hoisted the national flag on the occasion of Republic day. This marked the culmination of ‘Ekta Yatra’ launched by BJP at that time.