During Independence Day celebrations, an upside down national flag was hoisted in Ganaganagar collectorate by district collector RS Jakhar whereas the Tricolour nosedived during its hoisting by sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Bhagwati Prasad Prajapat in Raisinghnagar town. These incidents embarrassed all present.
In Ganganagar, after district collector RS Jakhar hoisted the national flag in the collectorate, police guards gave national salute and everybody present there sang the national anthem. Amid all this, someone noticed that the fluttering national flag was upside down.
Jakhar turned to additional collector (ADM) Vasudev Malawat and SDM Kailash Chandra Sharma for explanation, who replied with a ‘human error’ stance.
Immediately, the flag was properly re-hoisted and national anthem was chanted again. Officers asked the press photographers to delete the picture of the upside down flag from their cameras. They also remained tight-lipped about this incident.
In Raisinghnagar, as soon as SDM Bhagwati Prasad Prajapat pulled the rope to hoist the national flag, it fell down instead of going up, causing embarrassment to hundreds of people present there.
Police and BSF jawans rushed to the spot to pick it up. Later, the Tricolour was replaced properly.
Sateesh Sharma, convener of Karmchari Sangharsh Samiti, termed this incident as shameful and unfortunate.
He said there are specific guidelines for properly hoisting the national flag which must be adhered to.
Raisinghnagar SDM Bhagwati Prasad Prajapat said owing to strong winds, the flag pole tilted to one side.