VHP organises 'rasta roko' against Setu Samudram Project

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Mumbai, Sep 12 (UNI) Activists of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today staged 'rasta roko' agitation at several places in the city and state as part of the countrywide agitation against construction of proposed Setu Samudram Project by the Central government which, VHP feels, would damage the original 'Ram Setu' or Adam's Bridge, the pride of Hindus.

The rasta roko was organised at 305 places in Mumbai and Konkan areas, in which nearly 16,000 activists of VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP were arrested, a VHP release said here today.

Among the participants, prominent personalities included former union ministers like Ram Naik, Jayawantiben Mehta and VHP joint general secretary Prof Vyankatesh Abdeo among others.

According to reports reaching here from Aurangabad, about 1,000 BJP activists, led by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Mayor Dr Bhagwat Karad and former minister Haribhau Bagade, blocked the main city roads at three points -- Harsul, Chikalthana and Holy Cross areas, for two hours.

They demanded that the Government should protect Ram Setu or the Adam's Bridge, linking India and Sri Lanka.

''The government should not hurt our sentiments,'' said the agitators.

The Ram Setu is being destroyed by the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project (SCCP) to create a navigable waterway in the narrow sea dividing India and Sri Lanka.

UNI

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