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Hyderabad: Three Kashmiri students booked for allegedly not standing for national anthem

A case has been registered against them under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 21, 2017, 04.13 AM (IST)

Three Kashmiri students have been booked in Hyderabad, for allegedly not standing for the national anthem. 

The Indian Express reported that the Kashmiri students were released on bail after spending the night in jail. 

The Express added that a case has been registered against them under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. 

The three students had gone to watch the Ayushman Khurana-starrer Bareilly Ki Barfi. 

The Express reported the students as telling police that "they had entered the theatre late and were disoriented in the dark and still trying to settle down in their seats when the anthem started. They failed to immediately react, and were prodded by someone behind them to stand up, which they did, they said."

When the anthem ended, the students said a person sitting behind them asked them who they were and where they were from. 

They said they thought he was a police officer and that he had reported them to the local police station. 

The Express reported police however as saying several people had complained to the theatre manager about the Kashmiri students not standing up. The manager manager then filed a complaint. 

The Express reported police as saying: “We detained the three youths, gave them a notice and released them. We have taken statements from the theatre manager as well as the three boys. Once investigation is over, we will file a chargesheet. The boys claimed they were unaware the anthem had started, but the theatre manager stated that they were reluctant to stand up although several people around them indicated they should. They stood up very reluctantly towards the end of the anthem, it seems.”

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