Valentine's day is still two days away, but the Bajrang Dal has got busy. The saffron outfit has sent out letters to all pubs and discotheques in the city, warning against any event promoting “obscenity and nudity”.
The humble request, as the Bajrang Dal letter puts it, comes even after Delhi Commissioner of Police Y.S. Dadwal told his team to act against anyone trying to stir trouble. The letter was hand-delivered at Tivoli Garden Resort in the Chattarpur area on Wednesday night. “Two boys came and handed a letter to our security guard, warning against any activity that would lead ‘youth astray’. I sent the guard to lodge a police complaint,” said executive director Anil Tandon. Then they called up and warned Tandon of a siege, demonstration and disruption. “We are going ahead with our plans,” said Tandon.
But, the Dal, which has threatened violence, said it was not a just threat. “Our aim is to prevent women from being harassed. We’ve sent a letter to all the pubs and discotheque owners as well as the police commissioner. We are asking them to prevent any celebrations that might encourage Road Romeos to harass women,” Dal’s Delhi convener Ashok Kapoor said.
He doesn’t want to be taken lightly. He said if their warnings are ignored this time, next year on, “we will see to it that Valentine’s Day is wiped off from the city”.
The police and pub owners are taking no chances. Police deployment has been stepped up across the city. Malls, shopping complexes, pubs and discotheques will get special cover and plain-clothed cops will keep a watch as well. “No one will be allowed to cause any trouble in the city; tough action will be taken against anyone who tries to,” said Dadwal.
Private security agencies, too, have been asked to spare more people. “Cinema halls, restaurants and other public places have significantly increased security cover in light of threats from moral policing brigades. We’ve increased deployment by 15-20 per cent at cinema halls, eating joints and malls,” said Natasha Tandon a spokesperson with 24 Secure, a leading security solutions provider.