Govt Seeks Explanation From Officer Over Disrespecting Indian National Anthem in Presence of Governor

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked for an explanation from one of its officers after he allegedly disrespected the national anthem at an event here on February 21.

The incident took place during the inauguration of the three-day Jammu and Kashmir Literary and Cultural Festival, in which Governor N N Vohra was the chief guest.

The explanation has been sought from Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) officer Syed Iftikhar Ahmed, officials said. He is the assistant editor, encyclopedia, at the JKAACL, which is a body for writers and artists under the state department of culture and tourism.

The officials said that Syed Iftikhar Ahmed, according to a complaint, did not stand up for the Indian national anthem when it was being sung in the presence of the governor.

Hajini has asked an explanation from the officer in this regard.

The festival, organised by the JKAACL, was inaugurated by the governor on International Mother Language Day.

On February 11, two Kashmiri youths were arrested here after they had allegedly refused to stand up for the anthem that was being played before the start of a film at a cinema hall in Narwal.

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