Hyderabad: Five Bajrang Dal workers have been arrested for allegedly indulging in vandalism in Hyderabad on Valentine’s Day, February 14. According to the police, about 10 to 15 activists on two-wheelers vandalised a shop in Kattupalli area and created a ruckus. Also Read - Won't Tolerate Indecent Behaviour on February 14, Says Bajrang Dal
They also held aloft flags and raised slogans against the celebration of Valentine’s Day and caused a disturbance at BN Sharat Mall, Bikanervala restaurant and Inorbit Mall. Also Read - Assam: Rashtriya Bajrang Dal Calls For 12-hour State-wide Shutdown, Demands Scrapping of Final NRC List
When the police received information about the ruckus, cops rushed to the mall, but the men had already escaped from the spot. Five of them were later identified with the help of CCTV footage and arrested, police said.
The others have been identified as well and efforts were on to nab them, police said. Two cases have been registered against them under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint from shop owners, the release said.
They have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act for rioting, trespass, destroying property and criminal intimidation, by the Madhapur and Gachibowli police stations.
Those who had been arrested were presented in front of a local court and sent to judicial remand.
Shortly after their arrest, Minister for Information Technology and Industry KT Rama Rao praised the police for their swift action and wrote, ”Well done. Vandalism has no place in a civil society & more so in a beautiful city like Hyderabad. Thanks for acting swiftly.”
In yet such incident, Bajrang Dal activists also forced a newly-married inter-faith couple in Moradabad to call off their wedding reception despite 50 of the protesters being detained.