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People are forced to remove black masks and clothing at MIT College site – The New Indian Express

By PTI

PUNE: People entering the hall of MIT College in Pune, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several development projects, were asked to remove their masks, socks and in some cases even their shirts if they were black , perhaps to prevent any manifestation.

Speaking on the matter, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said instructions had been given not to allow black flags.

“There must be some confusion because the instructions were for the black flags and the black pieces of fabric, not the clothes (themselves),” Gupta said.

Journalist Mangesh Phalle, who covered the event, said he was asked to remove his black colored mask by security guards at the scene.

The Prime Minister was in the city for a day-long visit during which he inaugurated a section of the metro, a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a gallery dedicated to legendary cartoonist RK Laxman and the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Symbiosis University.

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s arrival in Pune this morning, Congress and NCP activists staged protests alleging Modi ‘insulted’ Maharashtra by suggesting the state encouraged the spread of COVID-19 to others States.

Protesters came out on roads carrying black flags and signs, with the inscription “Go Back Modi” on them, near Alka Talkies chowk and in other areas of the city.


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