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New Delhi, February 14
Incidents of harassment of siblings in Ujjain, a policeman beating up a young couple in Haryana and protests by way of moral policing marred Valentine's Day celebrations across the country today.

The police has also put under preventive custody nearly 600 activists of the Shri Ram Sene,the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena and other fringe groups in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and the national capital since yesterday.

Four Bajrang Dal activists were arrested in Ujjain after they chased a brother and a sister, who had gone to Vikram University there and misbehaved with them. The dal, however, claimed that the four were not their activists.

Sub-Inspector Moola Ram was today placed under suspension on the charge of beating up a young couple after they were found together in a room in Jind, Haryana yesterday.

“The SI has been suspended and further action will be taken once a departmental inquiry is completed,” Jind SP B Sateesh Balan told reporters. Some 46 Shiv Sainiks were put under preventive custody in Gwalior and Bhopal while 5 members of the party were arrested for trying to create trouble in public parks in the Janakpuri and Buddha Jayanti Garden areas of the capital, the police said. “Thirty-five Shiv Sainiks were arrested after they stormed into a zoo, Gandhi Prani Udhinyan, in the Inderganj police station area in Gwalior looking for lovelorn couples,” Gwalior SP UK Suryavanshi said.

In Bhopal, police took into preventive custody seven Shiv Sainiks and four activists of the Sanskriti Bachao Manch (SBM), who were hanging around Madhya Pradesh Higher Secondary Board office and Chinar Park allegedly to create trouble, ASP (City) AK Pandey said. — PTI

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