Bhubaneswar: The police on Wednesday took 30 activists of Kalinga Sena into preventive custody, apprehending trouble by the local outfit on the occasion of Valentine's Day.
The outfit on Tuesday threatened to raid parks and malls in the city to stop couples from celebrating Valentine's Day, police said.
The activists were detained at Baramuda here near the Kalinga Sena office when they were preparing to visit different parks, the police said.
"They were taken into custody and detained as a preventive measure," Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar YB Khurania said.
Strict action will be taken against those who take the law into their hands, Khurania said.
All the major parks in the city wore a deserted look with couples preferring not to visit the places in order to avoid trouble by fringe outfits, a police officer said.
Jayadev Vatika, a major recreation centre near Khandagiri, remained closed on Wednesday, he said.
People preferred visiting shopping malls, the officer said.
The commissioner of police deployed forces at different shopping malls and public places in the city to prevent untoward incidents, the officer added.
Valentine's Day celebrations are hampering the tradition and culture of the country, the president of Kalinga Sena, Hemanth Rath, said.
"We strongly oppose the immoral activities of young boys and girls on the occasion," he said.
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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018 20:08:36 IST