On Valentine’s day members of Bajrang Dal on Tuesday entered a prominent garden in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar to register their protest against celebrations and drove away couples sitting inside the park.
The Gandhinagar police came into action and summoned Bajrang Dal activists involved in the protest against Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide on February 14 as the festival of love.
In a video of the incident that went viral on social media platforms, nearly 10 Bajrang Dal activists holding sticks can be seen shouting slogans and driving away couples sitting inside the Central Vista garden located opposite the assembly complex in the state capital.
Shaktisinh Zala, convener of the Bajrang Dal’s Gandhinagar unit, admitted the outfit’s members entered the garden to register their protest against Valentine’s Day, which he claimed, reflected “western culture”.
He maintained the right-wing organisation was against show of “vulgarity” in the name of love.
“We were not harassing anyone. Bajrang Dal workers were only opposing western culture and people indulging in vulgarity in the name of love today. It is our duty to show the right path to Hindu youths and daughters. We went to the garden because our workers saw vulgarity there in the name of love,” Zala said when asked about the protest.
The Bajrang Dal functionary said his workers did not harass anyone.
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