Uttar Pradesh government may impose National Security Act against Bareilly’s Barelvi madrasas for defying government directive to record Independence Day celebration and sing national anthem.
Bareilly’s divisional commissioner PV Jaganmohan talking to the media said that if madrasas have violated the directives and violated fundamental duty action will be taken.
Jaganmohand said, “NSA could also be slapped against them as not singing national anthem amounts to being anti-national.”
He added, “Singing the national anthem is fundamental duty of every citizen. If any madrasas has violated the government order of singing the national anthem during Independence Day celebration, they will asked for reasons.”
He added, “We are waiting for the footages to be submitted. An inquiry will be carried out according to the complaints we receive.”
The commissioner added that the madrasas are not above the law of the country.
According to reports, Barelvi madrasa — the biggest in Bareilly — hoisted the national flag but did not sing the national anthem. People who had gathered to celebrate the Independence Day at the madrasa sang the 20th century patriotic song ‘Sare jahan se acha’.
A senior cleric of the madrasa in an interview to the local media said that they traditionally do not sing the national anthem.
The Yogi goverment a week prior to Independence Day had issued directives to celebrate and record Indepence Day celebration in madrasas and also to record the event.