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4 Lucknow boys burn tricolour for TikTok video; charged with sedition

Lucknow: In a bizarre incident, 4 boys of Lucknow have been booked under the charges of sedition for allegedly burning the tricolour while shooting a TikTok video on Sunday night, confirmed police on Monday.

Cops have nabbed one of the accused while the other three have been at large. The incident took place in the Bazarkhala region of Lucknow at around 9 pm on Sunday.

“A local resident, one Ravi Kant, was cycling near Tikait Rai Talab when he saw the boys burning the tricolour. Ravi Kant along with others who were playing near the park asked the boys to stop and called the police,” Anil Kumar Yadav, assistant commissioner of police of the area, said.

Based on Ravi’s complaint, police lodged a case under various sections, including 124(A) for sedition, of the Indian Penal Code against the boys.

“Only one of the minor boys who was later arrested has been named in the FIR. The three others who managed to flee from the spot are booked as anonymous. Our teams are trying to identify and arrest them,” Yadav said.

All of the accused are believed to be the residents of Bazarkhala area. Police has also asked locals to help them trace the absconding accused.

Apart from Sedition, police has also slapped section 153 (promoting enmity between different groups), 504 (intentional insult) 505 (statement conducing to public mischief), 352 (punishment for assault), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

“The accused have been booked as per the complaint submitted by Ravi Kant. Our teams are investigating the matter and the charges can be reduced or increased as per the findings in the investigation,” the official said.

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