The Uttar Pradesh government has said that the body of a non-government person can’t be wrapped in the Tricolour as it violates the Indian National Flag Code, 2002. The government’s move comes a fortnight after photographs of the funeral procession of Kasganj communal violence victim Chandan Gupta getting wrapped in Tricolour went viral on social media.
“The flag shall not be used as a drapery in any form what so ever except in State/Military/Central Paramilitary Forces funerals herein after provided. The flag shall not be used as a drapery in any form what so ever, including private funerals,” according to Section V of the Flag Code of India.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in a written submission to the Vidhan Parishad, has also said the flag of any organization cannot be put above the national flag. VHP and Bajrang Dal men had reportedly carried saffron flags along with the Tricolour during the ‘tiranga yatra’ on Republic Day when the violence broke out.