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The Indian national flag and coastguard flags were found dumped with other rubbish on the outskirts of Ernakulam, following which police filed a case.

A senior Kochi city police officer said a former military man passing through this area reported the incident and they immediately rushed to the scene, saluted the Indian flag and removed it as well than Coast Guard flags. from an open ground near the Irumpanam crematorium in Ernakulam on Tuesday evening.

A task force has been set up to investigate what happened and as part of that information, information has been sought from Cochin Naval Base and the Coast Guard, the officer said.

He said it is hoped the flags were thrown there in such an insulting manner by someone outside the naval base or the Coast Guard.

Under the Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act, any defilement, defacing or disrespect of the national flag by any means is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years or a fine or both.

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