On New Year's Day, activists of Hanuman Sena and members of a cultural organisation clashed when the latter gathered for their ‘Kiss Street’ programme.
Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the clashing groups and booked the volunteers of the organisation under different sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The clash occurred when the sena members protested against the 10-member group, including women, of ‘Njattuvela Samskarika Pravarthaka Sangam’ who assembled near the Central Library to hold the programme in protest of the facism and intolerance.
The members of the cultural organisation also announced that they would live together without marriage.
None was injured in the clash, police said, adding cases under IPC section 160 (punishment for affray) had been registered against 16 Hanuman Sena activists and three volunteers of the sangam, including two women, booked under 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty).
The organisers said the ‘Kiss Street’ had no connection with the ‘Kiss of Love’ movement against moral policing conducted last year.