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Valentine’s Day: Bajrang Dal, VHP activists throw rotten tomatoes on couples

Bajrang Dal activists burn an effigy representing Valentine's Day during a protest in Hyderabad on Friday. Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists have been organising campaigns all over India to 'educate' students and others about obscene celebration of the day. Photo: G.Ramakrishna   | Photo Credit: G_RAMAKRISHNA

Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists on Friday threw rotten tomatoes at couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on the banks of Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad. Couples were seen running to save themselves when a large group of Bajrang Dal workers suddenly thronged the place and started throwing tomatoes at them. Some of them tried to escape in their vehicles while others ran for cover. No complaint has been lodged with the police so far in connection with the incident.

Hundreds of couples were present at the Sabarmati riverfront on Friday morning to celebrate Valentine’s Day. VHP and Bajrang Dal organised programmes in the city to protest “indecent” celebration of the day.

Bajrang Dal city president Jwalit Mehta, who led the charge, told PTI that they had been going to colleges in various parts of the city over the last few days to "educate" students about the negative influences of imbibing western traditions and aspects of their culture.

“Many students supported our endeavour. But, many had thronged the riverfront today. We threw rotten tomatoes at them and they ran away from there,” Mr.Mehta said. “There is nothing wrong in imbibing positive aspects of western culture, but VHP and Bajrang Dal are against obscenity in the name of westernisation. Valentine’s Day is one such obscene celebration,” he said.

Later, the activists burnt Valentine’s Day cards on the same venue.

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