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Karnataka Police arrests BJP member for misleading post about Pak flag in Kochi mall

The Karnataka Police have arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party member for allegedly spreading misinformation on social media about displaying a Pakistani flag in Lulu Mall in Kochi.

On October 10, Shakuntala Nataraj had falsely alleged in a post on X, that Pakistan’s flag in the mall was bigger and placed above an Indian flag. The mall authorities had put up flags of all countries contesting in the ongoing cricket World Cup.

In her post, Nataraj also claimed that the photo was from the Lulu Mall in Bengaluru. She tagged Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar asking him to boycott the mall.

Fact checkers pointed out that the photo was from a mall in Kochi and the Pakistani flag appeared bigger and placed above the Indian flag due to the angle from which the picture had been clicked.

Natraj has been booked under Section 153B of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups.

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