A private school teacher was arrested by Kumbakonam police for burning the national flag in protest against the inaction of the state and Union governments on constituting the Cauvery Management Board as per the SC order.
Police initiated action against the M. Prabhu of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district after the video clip posted by him went viral on social media. According to police, he had been working as a drawing master in a private school for the last 10 years. Prabhu is seen burning the national flag and condemning the Centre’s stand on various issues critical to Tamil Nadu like fishermen, Cauvery, Neutrino project, hydrocarbon exploration and Koodankulam. He appealed to the youth not to burn themselves because of the anti-Tamil actions of the state and the Centre. After the video went viral, a team of police from Swamimalai arrested Prabhu from his house. He was booked under section 153-A sub-clause 1-A, (Promoting disharmony between different race, residence and language) and 504 section 2 on prevention of insult to national honour act (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and was being interrogated.