SRINAGAR: An army officer asked two journalists to leave an event because they did not stand up when the Indian national anthem was played and the Indian flag was unfurled.
The anthem was played during the passing out parade of recruits at the Rangreth centre of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment.
“Army had invited us to cover the event, not to participate in it. When the Indian anthem was played, I was jotting down notes for my story. After the anthem finished, one Colonel Burn came up to us and said ‘all people here stood up for the anthem and the flag except you. We don’t need people like you here so leave,’” said Kashmir Reader correspondent Junaid Bazaz.
The other journalist who asked to leave was a correspondent of Rising Kashmir.
As the journalists were leaving, army spokesman Colonel NN Joshi came up to them and apologised for Burn’s behavior.
“I personally apologise for today’s incident. Burn should have told me instead of expressing himself before you. As promised I raised his misbehavior with the higher ups,” Colonel Joshi later told Junaid on phone.