Journalists asked to leave army event on not standing for National Anthem in Jammu & Kashmir


Srinagar: Two media personnel were thrown out of the army event to stay seated during the national anthem and the Indian National Flag was being unfurled. The incident took place when a parade was passing out at the regimental centre of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment.

The photograph issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Government's Department of Information on Tuesday, clearly showed the two journalists showing disrespect to the national flag in front of the state's Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation and senior PDP leader Syed Basharat Ahmed.

"Army had invited us to cover the event and not to participate in it. When the Indian national anthem was played, I was writing down notes for my story. 

"After it was over, one Colonel Burn came up to us and said 'all people here stood up for the anthem and the flag except for you. We don't need people like you to be here so leave," one of the journalists later said.