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Marathi girl stands up to charging Shiv Sainiks

A group of around 25 Shiv Sena activists from Parvati area attacked couples at Peshwe Park for celebrating Valentine’s Day on Saturday afternoon.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
February 15, 2009 1:20:36 am

A group of around 25 Shiv Sena activists from Parvati area attacked couples at Peshwe Park for celebrating Valentine’s Day on Saturday afternoon. The Sena members thrashed a boy who questioned them. One of the Shiv Sainiks also tried to assault a girl for raising an argument and protesting their hooliganism in the park.

“I am also a Maharashtrian like you… then why are you troubling me,” the girl asked the Sena members. Hurling abuses on the girl,a Sainik tried to hit her with a stick. “Tu mulgi ahes mhanun tula sodat ahey… (I am leaving you just because you are a girl),” the Shiv Sainik told the girl. Soon several other couples fled the park out of fear of getting beaten up by the charging Sena members.

The incident took place around 2.30 pm and its live coverage was also shown on some of the news channels. Sena members Bala Bhamre of Parvati area,who led the attack at Peshwe Park said,“Our party is against the Valentine’s Day celebrations,which is spoiling our culture. We had first requested the couples to stop celebrating the day and leave the park. But a boy started arguing with us. So we taught him a lesson in our style.”

He said,“The girl had thrown our saffron flag on the ground which angered our members…because she was a girl,we let her free without causing any hurt.”

The girl later told The Indian Express that she hails from a Maharashtrian family and strongly condemns the hooliganism of Shiv Sainiks. Meanwhile,the Duttawadi police arrested a Shiv Sainik identified as Suresh Nathuram Lokhande,a resident of Janta Vasahat,for causing nuisance in the Peshwe Park. Police inspector Uttam More said,“Search is on for Lokhande’s accomplices. All would be arrested for rioting and illegal gathering at the Peshwe Park.”

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