Indian Origin Employee Terminated by DBS Bank For Wearing T-Shirt 'Insulting' Singapore Flag
Avijit Das Patnaik- The man who posted the image with the Tshirt showing torn Singapore's Flag | (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Singapore, August 24: An Indian origin man in Singapore got himself in trouble after he posted on Facebook a T-shirt showing the Singaporean flag tearing apart and an Indian flag emerging from behind the torn Singaporean flag. According to reports, the man was an employee of the DBS bank and the bank posted a message on its Facebook page saying that a disciplinary committee has been convened and the "employee is no longer with us."

The bank in its facebook post wrote that "Recently, one of our employees Avijit Das Patnaik was counselled in connection with a post showing a T-shirt, with a picture of a Singapore flag being torn, revealing an Indian flag underneath."

The bank further said that it "strongly disapproves" of such actions by its employees. The bank added that at the same time, "it is fair and right that all employees are given the benefit of due process."

DBS informed that a disciplinary committee has been convened after the incident and that the employee has been discontinued from working from August 24.

The image, which is believed to have first surfaced on August 14, on the eve of Independence Day, was widely shared online when it was posted on the Singapore Indians & Expats page by Avijit Das Patnaik.

The page has over 11,000 members, according to a report by Tabla!, a Friday weekly for the Indian community here. Patnaik, who has been living in Singapore for a decade, posted it alongside a caption in Hindi that said, 'Phir bhi dil hai…' (Still my heart is...) and alludes to a popular Bollywood song, the report said.