Four people, including a senior citizen, were taken into custody on Wednesday for not standing up for the national anthem at the Chennai International Film Festival.
The four people, who, according to local reports, belong to a group called CPI (ML) RESIST, were initially manhandled by a group of people during a screening of the Bulgarian film Glory, following which they were taken into custody by police.
According to eyewitnesses, the mob which initially attacked them consisted of more than 30 people. Furthermore, the police were called in by organisers at the screening.
This isn’t the first time violence has broken out following the Supreme Court’s controversial decision which mandates that all movie theatres must play the national anthem before any film screening.
On December 11, seven people, also belonging to CPI (ML) RESIST, were allegedly assaulted by a group at Chennai’s Kasi Theatre after refusing to stand up for the national anthem.