VHP workers thrash young couples
IBNLIVE.COM , Dec 9 2006
Ahmedabad: After the Meerut Police carried out Operation Majnu to crack-down on pesky eveteasers, it was the VHP's turn to moral police the society.
VHP and Bajrang Dal activists misbehaved with young couples and beat up boys in a park in Ahmedabad. The party workers alleged that some boys were "harassing girls" and thus they decided to teach them a lesson.
Among the VHP workers were some girls as well. The workers were armed with hockey sticks and lathis and thrashed the young men. The girls said that they wanted to weed the society of men who used girls for their own means.
The Ahmedabad police were nowhere to be seen and the VHP activists were law unto themselves for quite some time. Says a girl who was beaten up, "When I tried to stop them, they hit me four times with stick. I hope no other girl is treated like this."
The man behind the lathicharge is said to be Bajrang Dal activist Babu Bajrangi. We have not taken the law into our hands. We just want to teach girls how to live decently," was all Babu Bajrangi had to say.
Bajrangi is accused of one of the deadliest massacres during the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Naroda Patia massacre.
Bajrang Dal rally takes violent turn
Express News Service Dec 10 2006
Ahmedabad, December 9: THE Sahjanand College incident has become the entry-ticket into colleges that fundamentalists in the city have been waiting for, with the issue reverberating through other colleges.
Workers of Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini roughed up students at Gujarat College during their launch of a ‘Chetavni Abhiyan’ (warning campaign) led by Ahmedabad Bajrang Dal president Babu Bajarangi on Saturday.
The campaign aimed at warning Muslim boys against ‘luring’ Hindu girls, was launched following a complaint lodged by Prinicipal of Sahjanand College that some Muslim boys had been had been harassing female students outside the college campus.
Students say members of the group began beating up students after asking about their religions. Asking not to be named, a first year student says, ‘‘We were sitting in the parking lot when some people entered the campus, wielding hockey sticks. They started asking questions about our religion and started hitting us.’’
General Secretary of the college Virendra Chauhan, among those beaten up by the activists, says, ‘‘After asking for identification, they hit us without explaining their actions’’. Principal Y M Dalal adds that they have sought police protection although the situation is currently under control.
Ellisbridge police officials have visited the college twice so far, but say complaints are yet to be registered.
Earlier, Babu Bajarangi said Muslim boys have established their hold over most college campuses in the city and were out to ‘‘lure’’ hindu girls from college campuses. ‘‘Parents are unaware of how their girls are being cheated and defiled,’’ he said.
Bajrang Dal men beat up college youth
The Hindu , Dec 10 2006
AHMEDABAD: In a controversial move, the Bajrang Dal, assumed a new role in social policing here on Saturday.
A bunch of Dal volunteers, many of them young women collegians, armed with sticks and lathis, forced their entry into several colleges in the city and beat up youths allegedly "flirting" with young girl students.
Couples beaten up
They also went around several public parks and other entertainment zones and beat up "young couples" sitting in corners.
Leading the group was the Dal city unit convenor, Babu Bajrangi himself, and as he claimed, the main target was the Muslim youths "whose only job is to trap Hindu girls into marrying them and change their religion." There were several girls in the group who said they themselves were "victims" of the "nefarious designs" of the Muslim youths and alleged that in some cases they were even beaten up to "force them to sign marriage documents."
However, in the process of "cleansing the colleges of Muslim youths who come only to trap Hindu girls," several Hindu boys also suffered.
The city police authorities, however, declined to comment, except for saying that no one had the right to take the law into his hands.
The police promised to inquire into the matter if there was any complaint, but so far no complaint had been filed with the police.