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MP police stop ABVP activists from entering Catholic college

According to the district SP, the arrests were made under preventive sections.

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Vidisha police today arrested Updesh Rana of Vishwa Sanatan Sangh and 24 activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) when they tried to enter the St Mary’s College to perform a 'Bharata Mata Aarti'.

According to the district SP, the arrests were made under preventive sections.

The Madhya Pradesh Catholic Diocesan Schools' Association on Jan 15 moved the Jabalpur High Court seeking protection after ABVP, the student’s body of ruling BJP, started repeatedly attacking Catholic institutions in the state.

On January 4, The ABVP and Vishwa Sanatan Sangh activists had barged inside St Mary's campus and vandalised property. The activists were pushed out of the campus by the Police, but they had vowed to return back to the campus on January 16.

During the court hearing yesterday, the government had promised security to the Diocesan body following which unprecedented security arrangements were made outside all Christian schools and colleges in the district.

The ABVP tried to galvanise support for today's aarti across all colleges in the district but in the end not many turned up.

"Only a handful of activists numbering around two dozen tried to enter the city but we arrested them as preventive sections were in force following the government's assurance to the court on Monday," Vidisha district SP said.

Prior to his arrest on the Bhopal-Vidisha border, Rana said he had no intention of disrupting campuses and was only trying to galvanise support for the aarti to develop a feeling of patriotism among the youth.

Source: India Today

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