Speaking on the incident, SP Rajappa said that as soon as police heard of the matter, they rushed to the spot and took down the flag from the flag-pole. With a tense situation emerging following the incident, an irate mob started pelting stones at buses and the matter was ready to go out of control. With the timely intervention of the police, the situation was brought under control with the town getting back to normalcy.
The flag is believed to have been hoisted at midnight when the town was celebrating New Year, stated Rajappa. Locals apparently tried to manhandle a person who carried out the mischief. The police also took into custody some persons who were responsible for the act. However, no arrests have been registered. [Read: OneIndia's round-up of major events that rocked the world in 2011]