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Valentine's Day: Ten VHP, Bajrang Dal members held for threatening couples

Organisation like Bajrang Dal have been protesting against the celebrations of Valentine's Day, alleging that celebrations like this promotes 'love jihaad'

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

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Nearly 10 activists of the and its affiliate were detained today after they allegedly tried to chase away young couples who had gathered at the here on the Valentine's Day. The (VHP) claimed it only asked the couples to leave the spot, a popular hangout place for youngsters, and that its members did not attack anyone. On getting information about the action of the right wing outfits at the riverfront, the police rushed to the spot and took into custody those who were threatening the couples and asking them to leave. An at the zone-1 police here said they detained around 10 people from the spot. "We have detained some people, and deployed adequate police force at the spot to prevent any untoward incident during the day," Police Station inspector S J Baloch said. In some videos recorded by passers-by purportedly of the incident, several people carrying saffron flags and wielding sticks could be seen threating couples to leave the spot. The activists were also seen chasing away some frightened couples, who either ran away to save themselves or drove off in a hurry on their two-wheelers. The city unit of the yesterday said it would stage protests on the against the Valentines' Day celebration which, the outfit claimed, was "against the Indian culture". Taking responsibility for the incident, for north Gujarat, Hemendra Trivedi, said, "As announced by us, the and members today held protests at the We only asked couples to leave.

We did not attack anyone." "Several of our workers were detained by the police. We are against the celebration of the Valentine's Day because it is against the Indian culture," Trivedi said.

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 14:35 IST
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