Man who torched tricolor has been booked; viral claim is misleading

Social media users are sharing an image of a man torching a tricolor. Users are claiming that the man has not been booked or arrested. They demand his immediate arrest.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  3 Aug 2022 9:57 AM GMT
Man who torched tricolor has been booked; viral claim is misleading

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing an image of a man torching a tricolor. Users are claiming that the man has not been booked or arrested. They demand his immediate arrest.

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Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

NewsMeter ran a reverse search and found an article by 'The New Indian Express' uploaded on January 31, 2016. The title of the report read, "pictures of boy burning tricolor go viral."

According to the report, the man seen in a viral post is Dhilipan Mahendran from Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. A pilot filed a complaint with police to take action against the youth when he saw the viral post.

We also found more reports by multiple organizations which reported the incident in 2016. According to the reports, the man seen in the viral post has done that to express his frustration against the system, as per the reports.

Times of India carried an article on February 2, 2016, that the man was booked under various sections of IPC, Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, and IT Act based on a complaint from V G Narayanan, a member of a Hindu outfit.

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/he-burnt-indian-flag-because-govt-took-no-action-says-tn-youth-s-lawyer-alleging-police

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/tamil-nadu-man-faces-grim-consequences-of-burning-indian-flag-57521.html

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/chennai/man-who-burned-indian-flag-held/articleshow/50814454.cms

Hence, the claim is misleading. The incident occurred in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam in 2016. The man who burnt the Indian National flag was arrested in 2016.

Claim Review:The man who burnt the Indian National flag was arrested in 2016.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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