Amid high drama outside the office of Chinese mobile phone company Oppo in Noida, an FIR was lodged on Tuesday against a company official who allegedly tore the national flag and threw it into a dustbin. Police registered a case for showing disrespect to the national flag, based on a complaint filed by the company employees against the Chinese national who is a production manager in the company.
Gaurav Grover, Circle Officer, Noida told IANS that the incident took place on Monday when the Chinese official allegedly tore off the national flag pasted on a wall of the company’s Noida Sector 63 office and threw it into a dustbin. The flag was put up on the wall on January 26, when the company celebrated Republic Day.
Grover said the employees of the company were already sore over their grievances not being addressed by the executives. After the act involving the national flag, hundreds of people, along with the employees, protested outside the office.
The situation turned volatile and several police personnel were deployed at the office to control the crowd. The protesters demanded the arrest of the Chinese official.
They also raised issues related to the labour laws being violated by the company. The area was cleared after senior officers of the district administration intervened.
Senior officials, including District Magistrate N.P. Singh and Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh Yadav as well as the Labour Commissioner held a meeting with the executives from Oppo.
It was decided that the company would constitute a committee to probe the matter and address the demands of the employees.
Oppo India said,” We deeply regret this unfortunate incident and are extending all our corporation to the concerned authorities. and will take appropriate action soon.”
The spokesperson further said, “Oppo as a brand has deep respect for Indias and is strongly rooted as well as localised in the country and our 99 percent of our employees are Indians.”