Around 550 BJP workers, including party’s state General Secretary H Raja, were arrested when they attempted to hold an event on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the serial bomb blasts on Saturday in defiance of a police ban on any such function to mark the day.
BJP’s district unit had arranged a function to pay homage to the victims of the Feb 14, 1998 serial blasts, which claimed 58 lives and injured over 200 people. But, the police had denied permission to it, police said.
However, the party workers led by Raja gathered near the R S Puram Head Post office defying the police order and started marching towards the place where the function was scheduled to take place when they were arrested, police sources said.
Raja and other party workers were released later in the evening, police said.
Police had made elaborate security arrangements in the city and neighbouring towns in view of the blast anniversary.