VALENTINE’S DAY, to express love, passed of peacefully across the State without any untoward incident even as police detained activists of saffron outfits who had threatened to disrupt the celebrations on the occasion terming it ‘western invasion’ on the country’s culture.
But in curfew bound Indore the spirit was dampened to a great extent and flowers and gift shops did poor business. Police and district administrations had made elaborate arrangement to tackle any untoward incidents in the wake of threats from some saffron outfits to disrupt the celebrations which they termed was an invasion of the country’s culture and counter threats from NSUI and some other rival organisation to ensure the celebrations.
A Jabalpur report said that 114 activists of outfits like the Dharm Sena, ABVP, VHP and Shiv Sena, who assembled in groups to disrupt Valentine’s Day celebrations in the city were detained for the day on Wednesday in four police station areas.
At Ranjhi area, the police resorted to mild cane charge to dismiss an assembly of Shiv Sena activists. The police also impounded the Dharm Sena’s Vivaha Rath, having mandap and a pandit and arrested some 42 activists of the outfit and the ABVP in the Cantonment area.
In Indore, 30 Shiv Sainiks were arrested for trying to oppose Valentine’s Day celebrations. Police kept a strict vigil on parks, hotels and other public places. Hotels and restaurants arranged quiet functions in the areas where curfew was not imposed and some talkies screened love stories like Kal Ho Na Ho and Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya.
Stray incidents of flower snatching by Shiv Sena activists at a few places were reported during the celebrations in Gwalior.
Police had made adequate arrangement at places considered as ‘lovers’ paradise’. Plain cloth police personnel were deployed in Phool Bagh and the university premises as roadside flower vendors did brisk business.