Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) - the largest pro independence group of Tibetan community in exile seems to be in hot soup as the Kangra police is contemplating action against the activists of the organization for burning a Chinese flag during a protest on February 20.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Kangra, Nihal Chand, who is also looking after Tibetan affairs, told Hindustan Times that the protest in which the Chinese flag was burnt by TYC activists was held without prior permission from police administration.
“Police are inquiring into the matter and strict action will be taken against the TYC activist who burnt the Chinese flag under Section 115 of Himachal Pradesh Police Act,” Chand.
Maintaining that the no protest procession could be organized without prior permission from police administration, Chand the protest organized by TYC is a violation of section 109 of the act which deals with Regulation of public assemblies and processions.
He said under section 109 it is a duty of every person intending to form a procession or convene an assembly in any road, street or thoroughfare, to give intimation in writing at least 24 hours in advance, to the officer-in-charge of the Police Station having jurisdiction or the District Superintendent of Police.
“However no permission was taken by TYC regarding holding the protest,” he informed.
Elaborating about the possible action against the TYC activists Chand told that there is a provision of arresting the organizers without issuing warrant under section 115 of the act for violation of the guidelines of section 109 .
“The accused may be convicted for an imprisonment for a term which may extend to eight days or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees or with both,” he said.
He however told that organizers may compound the offence by pleading guilty and paying compounding fee as prescribed.
“As per the section 115 of police act we could initiate an action against TYC officials,” Chand said.
Suggesting TYC activists to follow laws of land, Chand said he said police could not stop anybody from holding such protests but it should be with accordance to the rules and regulations.
It may be recalled that TYC had called for a worldwide flag burning protest on February 20. TYC activists at Dharamsala had also organized the protest burning Chinese flag in Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) while a candle light vigil was also held.
Meanwhile, when contacted general secretary of TYC, Tenzin Chokey denied commenting on the issue and said that she would come out with a reaction after discussing the matter with other officials of the organisation.