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V-Day passes off without ugly scenes in MP

The Valentine’s Day passed off without any swoop-downs by moral brigades and ugly scenes across Madhya Pradesh amidst tight police bandobast, according to reports from various districts on Sunday.

bhopal Updated: Feb 14, 2016 21:15 IST
HT Correspondent
A girl at a flowers market on Valentine;s Day in Bhopal on Sunday.
A girl at a flowers market on Valentine;s Day in Bhopal on Sunday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

The Valentine’s Day passed off without any swoop-downs by moral brigades and ugly scenes across Madhya Pradesh amidst tight police bandobast, according to reports from various districts on Sunday.

The police patted their back with making fool-proof arrangements by manning sensitive locations in advance. However, some young couples attributed it to Sunday being a holiday with parents staying back home, reducing their chances of V-Day escapades.

In the state capital too, residents witnessed police presence at sensitive hang-outs of youngsters, like New Market, Boat Club, Manuabhan Tekri, 10 number market and Vardhaman Park.

Barring a minor protest by saffron brigade at 10 Number square with Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists shouting slogans and warning youngsters against celebrating the V-Day, a procession by Shiv Sena activists

in Shajapur, nothing unusual was witnessed throughout the city. On earlier occasions, the saffron organisations had resorted to violence and even threatened young couples of facing their wrath as celebrations were against Indian culture and traditions.

Superintendent of police (South) Anshuman Singh said, “The police were fully prepared with tight security arrangements at popular places like movie theatres, cafes, malls and popular eating joints. Patrolling parties have also been deployed keeping a strict vigil to prevent any violence. There has been no violent incident which can create tensions.”

Superintendent of police (North) Arvind Saxena said, “A team of 10 policemen were deployed at Boat-Club, Manuabhan Tekri which are the most popular places among youngsters. Patrolling party comprising about six police men were deployed at bus-stands, gift galleries and parks in the city to prevent any untoward incident.”

He said the youngsters had been asked in advance to inform the police if anyone tried to threaten them with an assurance of a stringent action against those found guilty of violence.