Guntur, Jan 27: In a very shocking development, while one side of the whole country was busy celebrating Republic Day, on the other hand, a citizen of India has been arrested by Andhra Pradesh's Guntur police for trying to unfurl the Indian National flag and shouting ‘Vande Mataram’ at the 'Jinnah Circle.
It should be mentioned that the Jinnah Tower is named after the father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The video of the incident is making the rounds on social media sites. According to the reports, some people tried to climb the Jinnah tower in a bid to unfurl the flag. However, the Guntur police foiled their bid and arrested people. In the video, the police are seen using force against the Hindu Vahini members.
It is now learned that the police have increased the security cover to the tower and have added a fence to prevent anyone from entering the tower. Ironically, on one side 102-year-old Bhagwan Ram Temple is being demolished in Tenali town of Guntur district, while on another side a 76 old-year-old structure built in the honour of Jinnah who is the founder of Pakistan is being protected by the government.
This incident has erupted a controversy. People are questioning the police action against Indian citizens trying to hoist the national flag on Republic Day and are asking why there is still a tower and a circle named after Jinnah in India.
Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh BJP had demanded that the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) government rename the Jinnah Tower in Guntur. BJP national secretary Y Satya Kumar, Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh, and Andhra Pradesh BJP state unit chief, Somu Veeraraju, had demanded the renaming of Jinnah Tower after APJ Abdul Kalam.