A day after mafia don Babloo Srivastava presented roses to cops outside the special CBI court in Lucknow, the 'Gandhigiri' fever on Friday caught up with young Shiv Sainiks, protesting alleged high-handedness of cops in Varanasi.
A group of Sainiks led by Gulshan Kapoor and Shiv Seth gathered at the district headquarters in Varanasi on Friday afternoon.
Holding red roses, the saffron activists staged a peaceful protest against the high-handedness of cops, reflected with slogans hailing the deeds of the police personnel.
The familiar slogan of "Police prashashan hai hai" gave way to "Begunahon ke hatyaron zindabad".
"We want to check the high-handedness of cops accentuated through fake encounters and harrassment of innocent people in the name of maintenance of law and order. But instead of taking the violent route of protest, we want to adopt the 'Gandhigiri' style shown by Sanjay Dutt in Lage Raho Munnabhai," Kapoor said.
"The red rose symbolises that if the Shiv Sena, which does not hesitate resorting to violence to fight for public cause, can present roses of protest to the irresponsible police, then the police shall also leave their high-handed style of functioning," Kapoor maintained.
A small group went to present roses to SSP Ashutosh Pandey. "As he was not in office, we presented the roses of symbolic protest to the Police Superintendent (Rural) LK Singh, alongwith an urge that the cops shelve high-handedness," Kapoor added.
The Gandhigiri of Shiv Sainiks, found immediate appreciation from Singh, who lauded this novel way of protest by Shiv Sena, which was normally associated with violent protests.
"Such protests are much more strong than the demonstration which harm public peace and activity," Singh maintained.
The saffron brigade's response to Singh's statement was, however, far from encouraging. "We cannot stick on to Gandhigiri, if the police does not believe in leaving its cruel behaviour with innocent people," Kapoor added.