MUSLIMS BURN THE TRICOLUR INDIAN FLAG ON REPUBLIC DAY IN HYDERABAD Tricolour found burnt at Moula Ali Sunday

January 27 2008 ENS http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEU20080126233711&Page=U&Title= Hyderabad&Topic=0& HYDERABAD: While the entire country was celebrating the Republic Day, back in the dingy lanes of Moula Ali on the city outskirts, the Tricolour along with decorative material was found burnt leading to tension in the locality. The incident took place at Hanuman Basti of Moula Ali under the Malkajgiri police limits on Saturday afternoon. According to the police, the flag was hoisted by a group of persons early this Saturday morning. Later, around 2 pm, some passers-by noticed the decorative items, which were fixed to the pole, burnt. Seconds later, they discovered that even the Tricolour was half burnt. As tension appeared to be gripping the locality, police teams including Alwal zone DCP Mahesh Bhagwat rushed to the spot. "It appears to be mischief by someone. A CLUES team was also pressed into service to ascertain whether the flag got burnt accidentally or it was deliberate," Bhagwat told this website's newspaper. Asked what ‘accidental’ could mean in this context, police officials explained that someone, while trying to light a cigarette, might have thrown the burning match stick close to the pole due to which the decorative papers caught fire and spread to the flag. The pole is located on the road itself. Police sources further said area domination between two politically-connected groups could also have led one of them to indulge in the mischief to project the other group in a poor light. "Even this angle is being verified. Discreet enquiries revealed that there is always a tug of war between the two groups as to who should host the flag," a police official associated with the investigation said without elaborating. The investigators are also trying to track down a few eye-witnesses, including locals, who they believe might have seen something connected to the incident.

A case of mischief has been registered as of now. "During investigation, if we get evidence that someone burnt the flag deliberately, the sections would be altered and a case of causing dishonour to the National Flag would be registered," Malkajgiri police said.

Flag burnt in mysterious fire
27 Jan 2008, 0112 hrs IST , TNN http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Flag_burnt_in_mysterious_fire/articleshow/2734481. cms

HYDERABAD: A Tricolour hoisted on Saturday on the occasion of the 59th Republic Day at Moula Ali was burnt partially under mysterious circumstances. A local politician of Hanuman Basti in Moula Ali, Laxman Goud, hoisted the flag in the morning. It was at around 2 pm when passersby noticed that the flag post had caught fire. The fire spread as the decoration papers caught fire and it soon spread to the rope and the flag. Locals doused the fire but by then the Tricolour was partially burnt, Malkajgiri police inspector M Madhusudhan Reddy said. "It is suspected that the incense sticks lighted near the flag post might have sparked the fire," Madhusudhan Reddy said. Police also suspect that a lighted matchstick careless thrown by someone might have caused the fire. Police said sabotage angle would also be looked into. Clues Team personnel reached the spot to collect evidence of any possible sabotage. It was also said that two political groups were having rivalry with each other over gaining an upper hand in the locality. Police are looking if this would have led to the incident. A case of mischief was booked but would be altered to relevant sections of insulting the national flag if investigations prove the sabotage angle, police said. Mild tension prevailed in the locality after the incident. Locals staged a dharna demanding arrest of the culprits for insulting the national flag. Police forces were rushed to prevent any untoward incident.

Tricolour found burnt at Moula Ali Hyderabad,

Sunday, 27 January 2008 http://www.siasat.com/english/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=239382&Itemi d=79&cattitle=Hyderabad While the entire country was celebrating the Republic Day, back in the dingy lanes of Moula Ali on the city outskirts, the Tricolour along with decorative material was found burnt leading to tension in the locality. The incident took place at Hanuman Basti of Moula Ali under the Malkajgiri police limits on Saturday afternoon. According to the police, the flag was hoisted by a group of persons early this Saturday morning. Later, around 2 pm, some passers-by noticed the decorative items, which were fixed to the pole, burnt. Seconds later, they discovered that even the Tricolour was half burnt. As tension appeared to be gripping the locality, police teams including Alwal zone DCP Mahesh Bhagwat rushed to the spot. "It appears to be mischief by someone. A CLUES team was also pressed into service to ascertain whether the flag got burnt accidentally or it was deliberate," Bhagwat told this website's newspaper. Asked what ‘accidental’ could mean in this context, police officials explained that someone, while trying to light a cigarette, might have thrown the burning match stick close to the pole due to which the decorative papers caught fire and spread to the flag. The pole is located on the road itself. Police sources further said area domination between two politically-connected groups could also have led one of them to indulge in the mischief to project the other group in a poor light. "Even this angle is being verified. Discreet enquiries revealed that there is always a tug of war between the two groups as to who should host the flag," a police official associated with the investigation said without elaborating. The investigators are also trying to track down a few eye-witnesses, including locals, who they believe might have seen something connected to the incident. A case of mischief has been registered as of now. "During investigation, if we get evidence that someone burnt the flag deliberately, the sections would be altered and a case of causing dishonour to the National Flag would be registered," Malkajgiri police said. --Agencies