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Students play it safe,avoid saffron ire

Fearing attack from saffron outfits,students in the city restrained themselves from celebrating the Valentine’s Day on college campuses on Saturday.

Written by Tarun Nangia | Pune |
February 15, 2009 1:19:11 am

Fearing attack from saffron outfits,students in the city restrained themselves from celebrating the Valentine’s Day on college campuses on Saturday. The scene at most colleges was subdued in the morning but the real picture emerged in the evening at hotels,pubs and food joints where couples let their hair down. And with gusto.

At S P College campus in the morning,the presence of private security guards and police was more visible than the students. “We did not take any chances against the backdrop of some untoward incidents that happened in the past two months,” said M A Pendse,officiating principal of S P College. “The functioning of the college was normal and no unpleasant incident occurred,” he said.

The college campus,however,was full of posters sending out patriotic messages like “I love my country.” Some banners even displayed messages like “Love policemen who care for the city.” But the overall mood was not enthusiastic.

Fergusson College was also without celebrations. It seemed like any other day at the college. A posse of police greeted the students at the entrance while a police van was parked outside the college.

The mood at Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce was also not upbeat. Students restrained themselves from celebrating the Valentine’s Day on campus. Surprisingly,the attendance on the campus was also low. At Wadia College,the V-Day celebrations were clearly missing.

However,in the evening students were present in numbers celebrating the day in hotels,pubs,food joints or even at roadside tea shops. Hotels and restaurants on Gokhale Road,Jangali Maharaj Road and M G Road were choc-a-block with exuberant couples.

In Pimpri-Chinchwad too,Valentine’s Day was not felt. At the DY Patil College campuses in Akurdi and Pimpri,students could hardly be found with roses in their hands. “I saw nobody giving roses in our college since morning. Our day went as usual,” said Swapnil Patil,a student.

When asked,Suvarna Hadawale,principal,D Y Patil Law College,Pimpri,said,“The day was peaceful. There was no untoward incident.”

“This has happened due to the campaign of the moral brigade. A few years ago,roses were openly distributed outside college campuses. But this year,students are not taking any risk,” said a student. Even at Jaihind School and College in Pimpri,students were not seen exchanging roses. “Why should we take a risk by distributing roses near the college.” asked a girl student. “I feel the whole euphoria regarding Valentine’s Day has subsided,” said Prakash Patil,another student from D Y Patil College.

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