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Police guard parks on Valentine’s Day

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Sri Ram Sene activists hand over couple to police

Policemen keep a vigil outside Mahatma Gandhi Park in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale
Policemen keep a vigil outside Mahatma Gandhi Park in Hubli on Thursday.— Photo: Kiran Bakale

Despite the presence of the police at various picnic spots, a majority of youngsters did not come out in the open to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Thursday because of the fear of getting accosted by members of right-wing Hindu groups.

Activists of the Sri Ram Sene caught a couple from the Ashok Nagar police station limits and handed them over to the police. They were allowed to go home later.

Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Mutalik announcement that his organisation would not confront young couples with ‘mangalasutra’ to get them married came with a rider that they would keep a watch on public places to prevent any celebration.

He had appealed to celebrate the day as ‘Mata Pitru Dina’ as a mark of respect to parents.

Sene activists led by Kumar Hakari went around parks and picnic spots to prevent celebrations. When the police on duty at Nrupatunga Betta prevented them from entering the park, they picked up an argument with them.

They later forced a group of youngsters to leave the place. Many people visited Mahatma Gandhi Park, which houses Indira Glass House, and the police stood guard at the entrance of the park. The number of visitors at Sanjeevini Park and Unakal Lake Park was less.

There was no Valentine’s Day celebration even on college campuses as managements had imposed a ban.

Sene members celebrated ‘Mata Pitru Dina’ at Jeevan Sandhya old age home at Kadanakoppa and elderly men and women were honoured.

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