New Delhi: National flag on Tuesday flew at half mast in Delhi and in all state capitals as a mark of respect to Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who died in Chennai hospital.

However, the flag will fly at full mast on the Independence Day.

A Home Ministry spokesperson said as per the Flag Code, if the intimation of the death of any dignitary is received in the afternoon, flags are to be flown half mast on the following day as well.

"However, in the event of the next day coinciding with the Independence Day or Republic Day or Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, the flag shall not be flown at half mast on that day, except on the building where the body of the dignitary is lying till it is removed and the flag will be raised to full-mast after the body is removed," he said in a statement.

(Agencies)

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