The Bajrang Dal’s Mangalore city unit has warned people against celebrating Valentine’s Day. A release here said that there would be a “reaction” if Bajrang Dal members found people indulging in any “indecent act” in public places.

The Mangalore units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, said in a release that they were against celebration of Valentine’s Day because it “spoils Indian culture” as people celebrating it indulge in “indecent acts”.

The members of the two organisations have urged the district administration to clamp down on DJs (disc jockeys), pubs and dances, and to take action against any “immoral activity” in public places on February 14. Otherwise, any “reaction” from the group would be “entirely the fault of the district administration”, added the release.

Puneeth, Zilla Suraksha Pramukh of the Bajrang Dal, told The Hindu that their only “planned” programme on Thursday was staging a protest in front of the malls in Mangalore. “Members have been told to keep watch on places that may host DJ parties or those entering pubs. Our workers will be present in public places like parks and beaches to keep an eye on couples,” he said.

Commissioner of Police Manish Karbikar said that though the police “do not think” any untoward incidents would take place on Thursday, they will take precautions like patrolling sensitive spots.

“If people take law into their own hands, we will take action,” he said.

  • Bajrang Dal plans protests in front of malls in Mangalore on Thursday

  • ‘Our workers will be present in parks and other public places to keep watch on couples’