Anti-Valentine’s Day Activists Thrash Couples: Report

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 13, 2013 7:56 PM EST

Protesting against the celebration of Valentine's Day, a group of hooligans Tuesday beat up some boys and girls dining at a restaurant in Muzaffarnagar city of Indian state Uttar Pradesh, reported Indian Express.

The hooligan group, believed to be belonging to the Indian nationalist political group Shri Ram Sene, forcefully entered into the restaurant and started beating up the girls and boys dinning in the restaurant.

The restaurant owner immediately informed the local police, but the group left before the police had arrived at the scene, the newspaper reported.

The youngsters at the restaurant have not suffered any serious injuries, according to the police station officer Vinod Singh Sirohi. But the attack has installed fear among the Indian youth to celebrate the Valentine's Day Thursday.

The police officer told the paper that two of the accused were identified as Bhuwan Sharma and Manoj Saini, both members of the Shiva Sena group in the city.

Police added that the hooligan group consists of around fifteen people including five women and all are being hunted by the local police.

Since hooligans in the previous years had vandalized the college class rooms and attacked students for celebrating Valentine's Day, many colleges in the southern Indian city of Hubli have banned the celebrations of Valentine's Day this year.

"We've asked students not to celebrate Valentine's Day on the campus. No exchange of cards or flowers that day. Additional security will be deployed to take action against students who celebrate V-Day on the campus," the Times of India quoted S A Gani from J G College of Commerce in the city, as saying.

A group of 40 people belonging to the same Shri Ram Sene attacked a pub in the Indian city of Mangalore January 24, 2009 where as a result of the attack, two women were hospitalized.

According to Shibayan Raha, an Indian activist working with, thousands of Indian women are going to hold concerts on Valentine's Day in protest of the rape cases in the country.

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