1. Oppo row: National symbols everywhere should be respected, says India

Oppo row: National symbols everywhere should be respected, says India

A day after the China hoped to resolve the Indian flag issue involving one of its companies' officials, India today said that the national symbol should be respected everywhere.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2017 11:07 PM
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the relevant authorities are investigating the matter and steps will be taken in accordance with the law. (ANI Twitter)

A day after the China hoped to resolve the Indian flag issue involving one of its companies’ officials, India today said that the national symbol should be respected everywhere. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the relevant authorities are investigating the matter and steps will be taken in accordance with the law.

“As far as we understand, the company concerned has also taken action in this matter. It is obvious that national symbols should be respected, everywhere in the world,” he asserted.

China had yesterday hoped that the Indian authorities would “properly” resolve the issue of a Chinese official at smart phone maker Oppo allegedly insulting the Indian flag and safeguard the rights of the firm.

“We have noted the relevant reports. Company officials are in touch with the local police,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang had told a media briefing.

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“We hope that it will be resolved properly. The Chinese government always asks its Chinese enterprises and staff overseas to abide by local laws, regulations and respect local practices and customs,” he said while replying to a question on the incident in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, which led to protests by staff and public on Tuesday.

Chinese mobile giant ‘Oppo’ terminated the employment contract of a Chinese national, named Suhahu for disrespecting the Indian flag. A FIR has been filed against the accused under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. The incident came to light after the employees of the Oppo company’s manufacturing plant in Noida found the Indian Tricolour in the dustbin. The flag was allegedly torn by Suhahu after the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, according to an Indian Express report. The Chinese national, Suhahu was a production manager at the company’s manufacturing plant. According to news reports, he has been blamed of “tearing and dumping” the Indian flag in a dustbin.

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