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Blast anniversary: Hindu activists removed

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Remembering them:Bharatiya Janata Party cadre led by State vice president H.Raja (second left) who gathered on DB Road in Coimbatore, on Thursday, to pay homage to the victims of the 1998 serial blasts.–PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
Remembering them:Bharatiya Janata Party cadre led by State vice president H.Raja (second left) who gathered on DB Road in Coimbatore, on Thursday, to pay homage to the victims of the 1998 serial blasts.–PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Police removed several hundreds of activists belonging to Hindu outfits when they tried to reach to the D.B. Road – T.V. Samy Road Junction to pay homage to the victims of the serial blasts of February 14, 1998.

Serial blasts of February 1998 led to the death of 58 persons and left more than 200 injured, when the explosions ripped the city during the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani’s visit to Coimbatore.

From 1999 onwards, the Hindu outfits had organised Deepanjali to pay homage to the blast victims at the same venue in R.S. Puram, where Mr. Advani was scheduled to address a public meeting for electioneering. Citing the communally sensitive situation, police had denied permission and removed the activists.

On Thursday, the BJP activists led by their State vice-president H. Raja, accompanied by State treasurer S.R. Seghar, State general secretary Ramesh and other office-bearers C.R. Nandakumar, Nandakumar and G.K.S. Selvaraj gathered further from the place.

Police had erected barricades and cordoned off the place preventing the BJP activists from reaching the D.B. Road – T.V. Samy Road Junction.

The activists lit lamps and paid floral tributes to the victims of the serial blasts. Mr.Raja urged the State Government to declare February 14 as an anti-terrorism day.

Activists of other outfits, who were removed include Indu Makkal Katchi, Bharat Sena, Shiv Sena, Hanuman Sena, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak and Hindu Munnani.

Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) tonsured their heads and performed the annual rituals for the victims at Perur.

Outfits also arranged for special prayers at the temples.

Activists of Indu Makkal Katchi were removed by the police near Flower Market Jalakandeswarar Temple when they attempted to march towards D.B. Road to pay homage to blast victims.

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