100 Bajrang Dal activists held during Surat shutdown

June 15th, 2009 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Surat, June 15 (IANS) Police arrested nearly 100 activists of the right wing Bajrang Dal as they went around this Gujarat city trying to enforce a day-long shutdown protesting the gang rape of a teenager by three men. All business establishments remained open despite the shutdown call, police said Monday.
“No violence had been reported from any part of the city till (Monday) afternoon and the ‘bandh’ (shutdown) was a total failure. The state government has made massive security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident. All the business establishments functioned normally in the city,” a police official said.

The Bajrang Dal activists during the morning tried to force closure of shops and business establishments in Varaccha Road locality - the hub of diamond trading activity.

The official said police have arrested about 100 Bajrang Dal activists and also the Rashtriya Savayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief in Surat Suresh Master. Some activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) were also held, he added.

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