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RSS path sanchalans pass off peacefully

RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK Sangh (RSS) activists took out ?path sanchalans? from 22 places in the City on Sunday to mark Dussehra.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 01:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK Sangh (RSS) activists took out ‘path sanchalans’ from 22 places in the City on Sunday to mark Dussehra.

The Gangaur Ghat area where ‘puja’ is performed by Dharma Raksha Samiti every Sunday remained tense and heavy police presence was seen throughout at the site and paths from where the ‘path sanchlan’ was taken out, and everything passed off peacefully.

The Swayamsevaks marched from 19 places in the morning after a slight delay in schedule due to the ‘puja’ programme at Kadavghat.

Three major ‘sanchalans’ were scheduled for the later part of the day with those from Bajrang Nagar and Shopping Complex being taken out at 3.30 pm and from Nutan School, Chimanbag, at 5 pm.

The cadres in each ‘path sanchalan’ were divided into four parts, the first being ‘shastra vahini’, the second full uniform ‘ganvesh with dand’, the third semi-uniform ‘ardh ganvesh, without dand’ and the fourth and last being the ‘bal vahini’ of young cadets. Swayamsevaks in khaki knickers, white shirt and cap with some carrying a staff and others carrying saffron flags presented a pretty site. Patriotic slogans rent the air and nationalistic fervour was at peak in the areas where the ‘path sanchalans’ were taken out.

The ‘path sanchalan’ passed through Dhar Road, Ramchandra Nagar, Scheme-51, Collectorate, Khatiwala Tank, Indrapuri, Vaishali Nagar, Chhawani, Tilak Nagar, Ring Road, Chauhan Nagar, Scheme 54, Veena Nagar and other places.

In the ‘sanchalans’ taken out from Raoji Bazaar, Musakhedi, Azad Nagar, Chitawad-Palda, Pardeshipura, Kanadia Road, Marimata and some other places the Swayamsevaks carried tridents and other weapons commonly associated with them. The ‘sanchalans’ were welcomed by the residents with gates erected in their honour.

The ‘path sanchalans’ taken out on the Foundation Day of the RSS coinciding with the major festival Dussehra, served the dual purpose of linking the organisation with Hindu sentiments.

The totally disciplined cadres marching in perfect rows presented a stark contrast from the image of saffron brigade activists as has developed in the recent past.

Meanwhile, the situation became tense in the communally sensitive Kadavghat area, which has already seen clashes between the two communities in the recent past.

The Dharma Raksha Samiti members had been engaging in brawls with the local administration each time they came to perform ‘puja’ at Gangaur Ghat every Sunday.

With sentiments of saffron activists running high, the administration had prepared for any untoward incident and a strict vigil was maintained throughout. CSP Dhananjay Shah said that dialogue was initiated with those coming for ‘puja’ and the programme proceeded peacefully without any intervention or use of force.

First Published: Oct 09, 2006 01:33 IST