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.
“Since our establishment in India, OPPO has been committed to the development of the industry and local communities. Our priority is the well-being of our employees and the community we service. Based on the recent incident and after thorough investigation with the concerned authorities, we have found that a worker discarded the Indian Flag from the table during regular external material check. OPPO India regrets this unfortunate incident and reaffirms that this is an individual’s behaviour that in no way represents our company’s position. We have ZERO tolerance for such matters and have taken strict action in terminating the individual and continue working very closely with the authorities on the matter. OPPO has deep respect for India and its culture. OPPO continues to obey the applicable laws and regulations in India and will not tolerate any misconduct,” a statement from Oppo India stated.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Wednesday said, “We noticed relevant reports. As I know, OPPO’s office is in touch with the local police… We hope it can be resolved as soon as possible. The Chinese government has always asked Chinese companies and their staff to respect local laws as well as customs… when they do business overseas. At the same time, we hope the host countries can protect the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies and their staff in accordance with law.”
Hundreds of workers of the company along with the public on Tuesday gathered outside the Noida office of Oppo and staged a protest against the accused by waving the Indian flag and by shouting slogans. They were later joined in by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who demanded that strict action be taken against the accused.