Kashmir CM tries to hoist Indian flag, it falls to the ground

Srinagar Updated: Aug 15, 2016, 12:30 PM(IST)

Two men from the chief minister's security detail held the flag up till she gave it the ceremonial salute. An enquiry was immediately ordered into the fiasco. Photograph:( Getty )

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had a deeply embarrassing moment Monday when the tricolour -- the Indian flag -- fell away from the post and landed on the ground when she tried to hoist it here at Bakshi stadium, where the state's main Independence Day function was held.

An inquiry was immediately ordered into the fiasco.

Mehbooba, who was hoisting the national flag as chief minister for the first time, pulled on the string attached to the post only to see the tricolour peel away from the post and land on the ground.

Amid the embarrassing situation, two personnel from the security detail of the chief minister held the flag in their hands till Mehbooba gave the ceremonial salute to the flag.

As Mehbooba left the stage for inspecting the contingents of the police and paramilitary forces, the security staff at the Bakshi Stadium hurriedly set the flag right and hoisted it atop the post.

Later, director general of police K Rajendra Kumar said he has ordered an inquiry into the fiasco.

"An inquiry was ordered immediately into the incident so as to fix the responsibility," Kumar told PTI.

The DGP said it was a lapse on part of "someone and that person needs to answer. How can the flag come down like that!"

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