Bihar: Pakistan flag found waving in Nalanda district


Nalanda: In a shocking incident, a Pakistan flag was found waving in Bihar's Nalanda district. Private TV channels showed the green flag with moon and crescent hoisted at the house of one Anwarul Haque in Kharadi colony in Biharsharif, district headquarters of Nalanda.

Nalanda is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The owner of the house, whose name has been withheld, “admitted to hoisting the flag”, a district administration source said. “He believed that it would help his wife give birth to a baby boy.” No arrests have been made.

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Nalanda district magistrate Thiyagarajan SM, when contacted, said there was no Pakistani flag “currently flying” in Bihar Sharif. “We will be inquiring into the matter,” he added. The incident comes a week after Patna reportedly witnessing pro-Pakistan slogans during a protest march to support controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

The protesters, under the banner of Popular Front of India, took out a procession on On July 15, slamming the Centre for “unnecessarily troubling” and cracking down on Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation head Naik and Owaisi, an MP from Telangana. One person was arrested.

The BJP blamed the coalition government of the Janata Dal (United), the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar for “sympathising with anti-nationals”. The Opposition party’s leader Prem Kumar said in the state assembly that the CM, along with RJD leader Lalu Prasad and the Congress, was responsible for patronising “such anti-nationals”.

Defending the government, the JD(U) said the culprits would be booked. “We will certainly send them to jail,” a spokesman of the ruling party said. “We have issued orders to the Nalanda police for stern action. All pro-Pakistan symathisers in the state will be dealt with sternly.” Meanwhile police has launched a manhunt in this regard. Acting on the matter, the local police has got the flag removed now. However further investigation going on.

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