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MP police officers record FIR in opposition to dealers over tricolour-themed merchandise on Amazon

Through PTI

BHOPAL: Police on Tuesday night registered an FIR in Bhopal in opposition to unidentified dealers on e-commerce large Amazon after it emerged that some merchandise, together with footwear, that includes pictures of the Indian flag had been being offered on its platform in contravention of laws, an reliable mentioned.

The motion got here hours after Madhya Pradesh House Minister Narottam Mishra mentioned the federal government has directed the police to sign in an FIR in opposition to officers of Amazon and its proprietor for allegedly promoting merchandise with pictures or imprint of the tricolour on them.

Amazon confronted the ire of a bit of Indian social media customers over vending some merchandise, together with attire and meals pieces, that function pictures of the Indian flag, with some pronouncing that the use of the tricolour in this sort of approach was once an insult and a contravention of the rustic’s flag code.

“It has come to my understand that our nationwide flag is getting used on merchandise being offered by way of the net e-commerce platform Amazon. It (the nationwide flag) has been used on footwear. This can’t be tolerated,” Mishra, who’s the state executive spokesman, advised newshounds right here.

Prima facie, this is a violation of the Nationwide Flag Code, he mentioned.

“I’ve directed the Director Common of Police (DGP) to record an FIR in opposition to Amazon’s officers and proprietor,” Mishra added.

Within the night, Bhopal police’s Crime Department registered a case in opposition to unidentified dealers at the Amazon platform at the foundation of a compliant filed by way of a town resident.

“Following a criticism, Bhopal’s Crime Department has registered an FIR below phase 2 of the Prevention of Insults to Nationwide Honour (Modification) Act and phase 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code (associated with public mischief) in opposition to unidentified dealers on Amazon and taking additional steps,” Bhopal Police Commissioner Makrand Deuskar advised PTI.

The FIR, quoting the 26-year-old complainant, mentioned the unidentified dealers have posted merchandise, together with T-shirts, mugs and footwear with the nationwide flag revealed on them on Amazon, which has harm the emotions of countrymen and insulted the tricolour.

This isn’t the primary time that the MP house minister has directed the police to take felony motion in opposition to Amazon.

Ultimate November, Mishra had ordered the submitting of an FIR in opposition to officers of Amazon over the suicide of a formative years from MP who allegedly got toxic sulphas (used as an agricultural fumigant and is toxic) capsules during the e-commerce web site.

In every other example, the police in Bhind district had registered an FIR in opposition to unnamed officers of Amazon India after busting a gang that allegedly equipped ganja below the guise of marketing stevia (a herbal sweetener) during the e-commerce portal.

Amazon had on Monday mentioned it stays dedicated to take essential motion in opposition to dealers who could have indexed any non-compliant merchandise. is a web based market the place third-party dealers be offering merchandise on the market immediately to consumers, and as such is liable for making sure compliances related to the sale of those merchandise, it mentioned.

“We require all merchandise introduced at the market to agree to acceptable rules and repeatedly take suitable motion on non-compliance. Amazon stays dedicated to taking essential motion in opposition to dealers who could have indexed any non-compliant merchandise,” the corporate mentioned.

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