Nine members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi were arrested in Coimbatore district on Wednesday for attempting to burn the Pakistan flag. This shocking display, was planned in retaliation to Pakistan's attack on Indian soldiers at the border.
On Monday, a Pakistani special forces team allegedly sneaked 250 metres across the Line of Control (LoC) into the Poonch sector and beheaded two Indian security personnel. The Indian army has even vowed an appropriate response to the act. The Pakistani army, however, denied its hand in the attack but the incident has sparked outrage across the county.
In Coimbatore, members of the right-wing party, took to the streets to condemn the attack on Indian soldiers. They distributed Pakistani flags and proceeded to stamp them outside the Tajsildar office, even as police watched on. But when the attempt to burn the flags was made, police immediately intervened. The protestors raised slogans demanding that India retaliate to this attack by Pakistan. They further went on to claim that India was a Hindu nation and that if attempts were made to 'touch' Kashmir, Pakistan will cease to exist.
Prabhu, a member of the Hindu Makkal Katchi who was detained said, "Our soldiers have been mutilated. This is very disrespectful. The government must declare war against Pakistan. India shouldn't be worried about what other nations say. They must respond to Pakistan with another surgical strike."
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said in the capital that the "sacrifice (of the two soldiers killed) will not go in vain". He claimed Indian armed forces will react appropriately to the "inhuman act" of the Pakistani troops.
"This is a reprehensible and an inhuman act. Such attacks do not take place during war," he added.