HYDERABAD: Over 200 anti-Valentine’s day activists belonging to various groups were picked up by police from both Hyderabad and Cyberabad limits on Saturday. While many of them were taken into preventive custody and later let off, for burning effigies and sloganeering, police managed to avoid any confrontation between these activists and young couples.
No violent or untoward incidents were reported from anywhere in the city. No forced marriages were reported. Police officials maintained that strict vigil at vulnerable spots like parks and public places were kept in order to prevent incidents.
Bajrang Dal activists in a press note claimed that anti-valentine’s day protests were held across the state. They also condemned the preventive arrest of state convenor Bhanu Prakash at Sultan Bazaar while he was leading a rally from Koti Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) office.
Protests were seen at Panjagutta, Kukatpally, Bowenpally, Paradise, Shamshabad, Raidurgam, Taranaka, Dilsukhnagar, Maheswaram, ECIL, Abids and Ramanthapur etc.
Supporting the anti-valentine’s day activities, a group of students holding placards with anti-love slogans were also seen near IMAX circle in the evening.
Meanwhile, pro-valentine day activists which include mostly students of different city universities took out rallies and even performed on streets. Students of Osmania University gathered under the banner ‘Indian Lovers Unite!’ and performed cultural activities.
Similarly, student activists and professionals under the banner ‘Asudh Desi Romantics’ gathered at Tank Bund Road in the evening and performed cultural activities on the streets.