At least six persons were taken into custody for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem after they refused to stand up while it was being played at the ongoing International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) here.
They refused to stand up while the national anthem was being played in Kanakakunnu Nishagandhi open air theatre, an IFFK venue, police said.
Even after the policemen who were present in the hall requested them to stand, they did not budge, the police said.
Meanwhile, DGP Loknath Behra directed police to keep a watch on all those who show disrespect to national anthem during the film festival. He also directed the officials to take into custody those who insult the national anthem.
Earlier in the day, BJP’s youth wing, Yuvamorcha, filed a complaint seeking action against the persons who refused to stand up while the national anthem was being played, as per the recent directives of the Supreme Court.