Bareilly: A madrasa in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly that openly defied the state government’s directive and refused to sing the national anthem on the Independence Day may face legal action.
The administration may impose the National Security Act as well.
Speaking to ANI, Bareilly’s Divisional Commissioner P V Jaganmohan said, “So far on Independence Day every school, government organisation and madrasa abided to the rule which had been initiated. But the madrasa which did not sing national anthem will be probed and National Security Act can be imposed against them. Only after finding solid proof about anti-national activities, we will probe this matter in details”.
Students at the Manzar-e-Islam — the biggest Barelvi madrasa in the city — hoisted the Tricolour but didn’t sing the national anthem. Instead, around 500 students gathered at the open prayer hall to sing Sare jahan se achha, a 20th century patriotic song penned by the poet Mohammad Iqbal.
The madrasa authorities also refrained from videography. Media persons were not allowed to cover the main event, which lasted for over an hour.
UP Madrasa Shiksha Parishad had ordered to compulsorily observe the Independence Day this year and make videos of the celebration.