Confirming that the security forces were given instructions to not allow black flags, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said the instruction was about black flags and black pieces of cloth and not clothing.
NEW DELHI – Security forces made people remove masks, socks and even shirts that were black in colour reportedly to scuttle any protest before entering MIT College in Pune, the venue for inauguration of several developmental projects by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A PTI report cited Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta confirming that the security forces were given instructions to not allow black flags. He, however, said that the instruction was about black flags and black pieces of cloth and not about clothing.
Journalist Mangesh Phalle, who covered the event, said he was asked to remove his black-coloured mask by those on security detail at the venue, the report added.
The Prime Minister was on a day-long visit to the city where he inaugurated a part of metro rail project, a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a gallery dedicated to legendary cartoonist, RK Laxman. He also addressed the golden jubilee celebrations of Symbiosis University.
According to reports, Congress and NCP held a demonstration in the morning, before Modi’s arrival, alleging that the PM has insulted Maharashtra by saying that the local government mismanaged covid which caused its spread to other states. They carried placards with ‘Go Back Modi’ written on them.