In what appears to be an intentional act to humiliate the Indian Army and the nationalists, some anti-nationals painted the Indian national flag on a Friday market road in Srinagar.
Photographs of the tricolour on the road went viral when they were shared on social media.
The pictures show people walking over the flag without realising the insult it is causing.
A user who posted the pictures said that the flag was painted on the Friday market road which located not far from NIT-Srinagar.
Friday market outside NIT Srinagar, sea of people throng over the flag deliberately & we call it an integral part 🤔 pic.twitter.com/XvyGw5fslk
— Sneha kaul (@Snehakaul2Kaul) January 27, 2017
Some other users said that this is a regular thing in Kashmir:
@Snehakaul2Kaul Not the first one, there are thousands of flags drawn on roads with captions like Go india Go back.
— Irfan wasim (@raashidmanzoor1) January 27, 2017
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— Aseem Yadav (@AseemY) January 30, 2017
It is not clear when the flag was drawn, and when the photograph taken.
It should be noted that in 2016 there was a huge row in NIT-Srinagar. Following a scuffle between them and Kashmiri students, the non-Kashmiri students claimed they were beaten up by the police. A months long confrontation ensued which resulted in suspension of classes. Non-Kashmiri students demanded that the government takes steps to evacuate them safely out of the campus so that they can go back to their homes.
Exams were held and classes resumed only after a team of officials were sent by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) spoke to the agitating students from outside Kashmir.
Reacting to the tweet, Major Gaurav Arya, a veteran of the Indian Army, requested the Prime Minister to allow the Indian Army to bring order in Srinagar.
— Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) January 29, 2017
Unlike other parts of Kashmir, the Indian Army is not deployed in Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir capital is guarded by the state police and paramilitary forces.