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Manipur Violence — Indian National Flag Desecrated at SP office in Churachandpur, False Claims Circulated: Fact-Check

There are rumours circulating that the Indian flag at the Churachandpur SP office in Manipur was not desecrated and was taken down to prevent fire.

@AricGangte claimed in a twitter post that the Indian flag at the Churachandpur SP office in Manipur was removed to protect from fire and was not desecrated. The user added “One individual among the protestors took out the Indian flag to protect it from burning.” . The tweet was made on Feb 15, 2024, which has received an about 13.9k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @HennaryL claimed the same in a post and shared a picture of the incident. The user added “Despite the accusations from the Meitei against the Kuki community for burning the Indian flag while storming the Mini Secretariat last night . The picture taken this morning clearly shows the Indian flag standing tall and intact.” . The complete tweet can be read from the archive from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

It is a fact that during the violent protest against the suspension of a head constable, which occurred after a selfie of him with “armed miscreants” went viral, the Indian National Flag was forcibly removed from government buildings in Churachandpur, along with threats that no Indian flag should fly within the district.The Indian Flag was put back on top of the burned-out building in the morning, sparking debate on social media.

We visited India Today NE, which published an article on this incident on Feb 16, 2024 with the headline ” Manipur violence: Miscreants pull down national flag in Churachandpur district”. The article explained the incident in details. It added “Indian National Flag was forcibly removed from government buildings in Churachandpur, Manipur, accompanied by threats that no Indian flag should fly within the district, marking a troubling escalation of tensions in the region. The brazen act of vandalism targeted key administrative centers, with the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police offices set ablaze by unidentified miscreants.” as we explained the True Facts. This shows that the claims made are distorted.

@IndiaTodayNE tweeted “#Manipur: Around 400 people attempt to storm SP office in #Churachandpur A mob attempted to storm the Churachandpur SP office in Manipur on Thursday night, hours after a head constable of the district police was suspended.” on Feb 15, 2024.

The official account of @manipur_police tweeted “Mob numbering approx. 300–400 attempted to storm the office of SP CCP today, pelting stones, etc. The SF, including the RAF, is responding appropriately by firing tear gas shells to control the situation. Things are under watch..” on Feb 15, 2024.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating false claims about the violent protest in Churachandpur to defend illegal activities and miscreants. News is being circulated claiming that the Indian flag was not desecrated & removed to protect from fire at the SP office in Manipur’s Churachandpur. In Churachandpur, the Indian national flag was actually taken off forcefully from government buildings amid threats that no Indian flag should fly in the area during the violent demonstration against the head constable’s suspension following the viral release of a selfie showing him with “armed miscreants.”Indian Flag was put back on the burned-out building in the morning, amidst social media criticism.

Conclusion:

Fact : Fact is that the Indian National Flag was forcibly removed from government buildings, in Churachandpur accompanied by threats that no Indian flag should fly within the district during the violent protest against the suspension of a head constable after a selfie of him with “armed miscreants” went viral.Amid controversy on social media, Indian Flag was reinstated in the morning on the burned building.

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