Ram Setu : Massive protests all over the country

via HK published on September 12, 2007

NEW DELHI: Road and rail traffic was disrupted all over the country in protest by thousands of Hindu activists across the country against the government’s decision to  construct a sea lane on India’s southern tip, which will destroy a mythological bridge.

Police resorted to lathicharge and fired in air at some places as hundreds of activists of VHP were arrested when they tried to enforce a three-hour ‘chakka jam’ during morning hours. Activists of RSS, BJP and ABVP also joined the protest rallies from Jammu to the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The activists targetted trains at several places leaving them stranded leading to delays by one to two hours. The Delhi-Dehra Dun Shatbadi and Howrh-Barbil Shatabdi was detained at Saharanpur and Tatanagar stations respectively for a couple of hours. 

The activists squatted in railway tracks at several stations and also at stretches of major arterial roads at many places. 

Jammu witnessed a partial bandh as shops, schools and business establishments were closed. Activists also closed the Pathankot-Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The VHP took to the roads to protest against the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project which envisages dredging Ram Setu bridge, the mythological bridge mentioned in Ramayana epic.

The geographical feature linking the southern tip of India to Sri Lanka is also known as Adam’s bridge,a string of small islands, which according to Hindu mythology was built by Lord Ram. 

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