Rama Setu: Save! nationwide protests (12 Sept. 2007)

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BJP, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists being whisked away by police as they block National Highway 8 to protest the proposed dismantling of the mythological Ram Setu, in Gurgaon, on September 12, 2007.

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Shiv Sena and VHP activists block rail traffic in Jalandhar to protest against Union Government’s decision to destroy Ram Setu in Tamil Nadu, on September 12, 2007. chandigarh.jpgChandigarhahmedabad.jpgAhmedabadpatna.jpgPatna

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arrest1.jpgarrest2.jpgTraffic held up in several parts of Chennai Ram Sethu protests echo across nationNT Bureau
Chennai, Sept 12:
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SAVE THE SETHU: BJP State president L Ganesan leading a protest against the
destruction of Ram Sethu, at Anna Salai in Chennai today. (Right) Hindu Munnani
founder – organiser Rama Gopalan with his supporters at a demonstration
at Vadapalani this morning.
PHOTOS: K Vijay Anand & B Anand

 

The national wide road and rail roko organised today by Hindu outfits against the demolition of Ram Sethu brought life to a standstill for many hours in several parts of the country including Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.         As part of efforts to halt the demolition of Ram Sethu for the Sethu Samudram Ship Canal project (SSSCP), various Hindu organisations and the BJP came together today under the Rameswaram Rama Sethu Protection Movement (RRSPM) and staged road blockades from 8 am to 11 am at important intersections in various towns and cities across the nation.         In Chennai, workers of the RSS, VHP, Hindu Munnani and the BJP blocked traffic at the arterial Anna Salai, Vadapalani and Mint clock tower resulting in traffic snarl.         BJP state president L Ganesan led the roko at Anna Salai. VHP International working president Vedantam and BJP state secretary Thamilisai Soundarajan presided over the agitation at Mint intersection in north Chennai.         Hindu Munnani founder organiser Rama Gopalan and BJP national secretary Thirunavukarasur resorted to road blockade at Vadapalani. Slogans condemning the Centre government were raised by the protestors for its uncompromising stance on the issue. Later the leaders and activists were arressted and taken away by the police.         Elsewhere in the nation, activists in Delhi blocked vehicular movement across the city affecting traffic at Nizamuddin bridge, ITO, Yamuna bridge, Akshardham temple, Vikas Marg, Connaught Place, Dwarka flyover, Lajpat Nagar, South-Extension and along National Highway 8.         In Mumbai, traffic movement at 23 busy spots in the city including important junctions on the S V Road in north-west Mumbai, Saki Naka and Turbhe Naka, was blocked by the protestors. Similar protests were reported from Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhyapradesh besides other States.         Tens of hundreds of protestors have been taken into custody for trying to block road and rail traffic throughout the country.         Protestors were oppossing dredging in the Palk bay region to create an artificial canal in the shallow ocean as it would destruct the ancient Rama Sethu to enable vessels to circumnavigate the Sri Lankan island while going from west to east.         It may be recalled that the Supreme Court had given an interim stay for dredging operations in the Ramar bridge area till 14 September.         Meanwhile, the Central government today told the Supreme Court that there was no ‘historial proof of Rama or Ramayana.’

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 VHP-led Blockade Against Canal Project Hits Cities Across India (Second Lead) Wednesday 12th of September 2007

Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Wednesday blocked roads, highways and disrupted train services in several parts of the country to protest the Sethusamudram canal project in Tamil Nadu that they say will destroy a ‘bridge’ held sacred in Hindu mythology. In the capital, VHP activists started their protest at around 8 a.m., blocking bridges across the Yamuna river, major traffic signals, some arterial roads in west and central Delhi and at least 20 flyovers, leading to traffic snarls in the morning rush hour.The blockade ended at around 11.30 a.m. as vehicular movement gradually limped back to normal. No violence was reported in the city.‘The traffic blockages have been eased now and a large number of police personnel deployed are making efforts to maintain the vehicular flow,’ said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat. He added that around 1,000 people, including former MPs and legislators, had been detained.But traffic jams that went on for more than three hours had Delhiites in a tizzy as around 20 areas including Shakti Nagar, Dwarka, Lajpat Nagar, Raja Garden, Green Park and Nizamuddin were affected.The situation was grim at ITO, National Highway 8, which connects the city to Gurgaon in Haryana, and the Yamuna Bridge that connects east Delhi to other parts of the city.‘It took me at least three hours to reach my Connaught Place office. It usually takes me just 45 minutes. There was utter chaos and the roads were jam packed,’ said Neeraj Thakur, a resident of Preet Vihar in east Delhi.‘I could not move my car an inch for two hours,’ rued Vinod Gulati, who was stuck in a traffic jam in Dwarka, southwest Delhi.The situation was equally bad in many other states.In Haryana, National Highway 1 was blocked at Karnal, leading to a massive traffic jam on one of the busiest roads in the country.The VHP activists also disrupted train services at Ambala in Haryana.Police resorted to mild cane charge at Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula town to disperse VHP activists. In Punjab’s industrial town of Phagwara, the Amritsar-Delhi highway was blocked and so also the rail track that connects to Delhi. Train services were disrupted in Jalandhar as well.The blockade severely affected vehicular movement in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Agra, Jammu, Indore and Patna too.Orissa too was badly hit as VHP activists stopped several trains in Jatani, Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar. Protests were staged in many parts of the state capital, causing traffic snarls.While hundreds of activists led by MP Jual Oram staged protests at the steel city of Rourkela, state BJP president Suresh Pujari led protests at Bhubaneswar, Omprakash Mohanty, a BJP leader, told IANS.The VHP claims that the canal project, that will cut shipping time in the southern tip of India, would damage the Adam’s Bridge or Ram Sethu, which many Hindus claim was built by the monkey brigade to enable Ram to reach then Lanka (now Sri Lanka) to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of demon king Ravana.Hindutva parties claim that US space agency NASA had the bridge in the Indian Ocean carbon dated as being 1.7 million years old.

However, Surface Transport Minister T.R. Baalu has pointed out that the NASA website had mentioned about ‘partially submerged giant tombolos forming Adam’s Bridge – connecting Sri Lanka to India … such tombolos usually indicate a constant sediment source and a strong unidirectional or bi-directional long shore current’.

Tombolo is a bar of sand connecting an island with another island of the mainland.

Baalu said, ‘None of the studies and investigations conducted so far has produced any tangible scientific evidence of any man-made structure in the area.’


 

http://newspostindia.com/report-14612  VHP Blocks Roads Across India To Protest Canal Project (Third Lead) Wednesday 12th of September 2007 There were major traffic jams all around the country Wednesday as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists blocked roads and disrupted train services to protest the Sethusamudram canal project in Tamil Nadu that they say will destroy a ‘bridge’ held sacred in Hindu mythology.In the national capital, VHP activists started their protest at around 8 a.m., blocking bridges across the Yamuna river, at major traffic signals, some arterial roads in west and central Delhi and at least 20 flyovers, leading to traffic snarls in the morning rush hour.The blockade ended at around 11.30 a.m. and vehicular movement gradually limped back to normal. No violence was reported in the city.‘Traffic blockages were eased and a large number of police personnel are making efforts to maintain the vehicular flow,’ said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat. He added that around 1,000 people, including former MPs and legislators, had been detained.But traffic jams that went on for over three hours had motorists frazzled as around 20 areas including Shakti Nagar, Dwarka, Lajpat Nagar, Green Park and Nizamuddin were affected.The situation was grim at ITO, National Highway 8, which connects the city to Gurgaon in Haryana, and two of the bridges that connect east Delhi to other parts of the city across the Yamuna.‘It took me at least three hours to reach my Connaught Place office. It usually takes me just 45 minutes. There was utter chaos and the roads were jam packed,’ said Neeraj Thakur, a resident of Preet Vihar in east Delhi.The situation was equally bad in other major cities.Many busy intersections in India’s financial capital Mumbai, including S.V. Road, Saki Naka and Thurbe Naka, were completely blocked. Around 10 people were taken into custody from areas across the city, police said.Around 300 members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and VHP blocked the Chennai-Mysore Shatabdi Express train in Bangalore for an hour, activists said. Office-goers in Bangalore had a tough time getting to work as traffic was held up in six busy roads, including Tumkur Road, Mysore Road and Old Madras Road.In Haryana, National Highway 1 was blocked at Karnal, leading to a massive traffic jam. Activists also disrupted train services at Ambala.Police resorted to mild cane charge at Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula town to disperse VHP activists. In Punjab’s industrial town of Phagwara, the Amritsar-Delhi highway was blocked and so also the rail track that connects to Delhi. Train services were disrupted in Jalandhar as well.In Patna, a woman was forced to deliver a baby on the road due to a traffic jam. She and her husband were on their way to a hospital in an auto-rickshaw.Nearly 200 VHP activists led by BJP legislator Nitin Navin were detained for disrupting train services at Patna’s main railway station.Orissa too was badly hit as VHP activists stopped several trains in Jatani, Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar.While hundreds of activists led by MP Jual Oram staged protests at the steel city of Rourkela, state BJP president Suresh Pujari led protests at Bhubaneswar, Omprakash Mohanty, a BJP leader, told IANS.The VHP claims that the canal project, that will cut shipping time in the southern tip of India, would damage the Adam’s Bridge or Ram Sethu, which many Hindus claim was built by the monkey brigade to enable Ram to reach then Lanka (now Sri Lanka) to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of demon king Ravana.

Hindutva parties claim that US space agency NASA had the bridge in the Indian Ocean carbon dated as being 1.7 million years old.

However, Surface Transport Minister T.R. Baalu has pointed out that the NASA website had mentioned about ‘partially submerged giant tombolos forming Adam’s Bridge – connecting Sri Lanka to India … such tombolos usually indicate a constant sediment source and a strong unidirectional or bi-directional long shore current’.

Tombolo is a bar of sand connecting an island with another island of the mainland.

Baalu said, ‘None of the studies and investigations conducted so far has produced any tangible scientific evidence of any man-made structure in the area.’


 

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Rohit AhlawatWednesday, September 12, 2007 (12:35:39)Nationwide Blockade by VHP against Sethusamudram project

New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) began its nation-wide road blockade on Wednesday morning, to protest against the governmentÂ’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project. The blockade, which began at 8 am, has brought traffic situation to a standstill across the country, especially in cities like New Delhi, Ahmedebad, Meerut, Haryana, Indore. According to sources, national and state highways, flyovers and main bridges across the country are blocked. In the national capital, the impact of the blockade could be largely seen at Akshardham and Income Tax Office (ITO) area. Apart from it train services were also disrupted at Jalandhar, Ambala and Phagwara in Punjab. “Traffic jam is at least 5-6 kilometre long at ITO because the agitators have blocked the road by placing a bus horizontally, right in the middle of the road. The protesters are raising slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and are not allowing the traffic to move. They are also distributing pamphlets among people,” said Smriti Bali, who was stuck at ITO. According to reports, the VHP activists blocked the National Highway no 1 at Karnal. Gaurav Mudgal, another commuter who was stuck at Azadpur, said: “Traffic situation is miserable. I tried manouevering through all the short routes to escape the jam, but nothing worked. The police have placed barriers all over and the protesters have blocked the road.” The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic. Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram. According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation. Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel – 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 kilometre long – will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar. When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time. The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea. This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries, opponents say. Inputs from: Garima Shree and agencieshttp://www.headlinesindia.com/archive_html/12September2007_56196.html  Three-hour nation-wide blockade by VHP against Sethusamudram project 5 Hour,42 minutes Ago  (3:47 pm, sept. 12, 2007) New Delhi, Sept. 12 (ANI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has begun its three-hour nation-wide road blockade to protest against the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project.  The blockade began at 8 a.m. and will end at 11.00 am.According to reports, highways and main bridges across the country are blocked. The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation.Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea.This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries, opponents say. (ANI) http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=1078001 See: http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=1078001  VHP protests against Sethusamudram project (Lead: VHP)
By ANI Wednesday September 12, 02:32 PM New Delhi/Patna, Sept. 12 (ANI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged countrywide blockades on Wednesday against the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project. In New Delhi, the VHP activists blocked traffic at several places. “We have been requesting the government for the past one year to stop the project but they are not listening. Therefore, we have organised blockade all over the country from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm today. It has been successful,” saidamkrishna Srivastava, a VHP leader.The scene was similar in Indore where the protestors tried to halt trains. Some protestors were arrested by police.In Ayodhaya, considered birthplace of Lord Rama, Hindu seers took to the streets to protest against the project.In Patna, protestors were successful in halting train traffic for a few hours.“We oppose the Congress and UPA Government and warn them to wake up to the sentiments of people. Or people will not forgive them and throw them out of power,” said Nitin Navin, a BJP legislator.The VHP is opposing the 560 million dollars Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, which they say would destroy the Ram Sethu, a 48- kilometer chain of limestone shoals that once linked Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Mannar inri Lanka.Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation.Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea. This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries. (ANI)http://tinyurl.com/2padyb  Andhranews.netVHP protests against Sethusamudram project (Lead: VHP) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged countrywide blockades on Wednesday against the governments plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project.New Delhi/Patna, Sept. 12 : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged countrywide blockades on Wednesday against the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project.In New Delhi, the VHP activists blocked traffic at several places.“We have been requesting the government for the past one year to stop the project but they are not listening. Therefore, we have organised blockade all over the country from 8.00 am till 11.00 pm today. It has been successful,” saidamkrishna Srivastava, a VHP leader.The scene was similar in Indore where the protestors tried to halt trains. Some protestors were arrested by police.In Ayodhaya, considered birthplace of Lord Rama, Hindu seers took to the streets to protest against the project.In Patna, protestors were successful in halting train traffic for a few hours.“We oppose the Congress and UPA Government and warn them to wake up to the sentiments of people. Or people will not forgive them and throw them out of power,” said Nitin Navin, a BJP legislator.The VHP is opposing the 560 million dollars Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project, which they say would destroy the Ram Sethu, a 48- kilometer chain of limestone shoals that once linked Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Mannar inri Lanka.Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation.Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea.This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries. ANIhttp://www.andhranews.net/India/2007/September/12-protests-against-15261.asp n2641.jpgRam Setu: VHP on war path, road blockades across India
vhp_ram_sethu_protest_248.jpgPublished on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:08 in Nation sectionhttp://static.ibnlive.com/pix/sitepix/09_2007/vhp_ram_sethu_protest_248.jpg IN THE NAME OF GOD: Agitators protest in Delhi against the demolition of Ram Setu. New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is conducting a nation-wide road blockade on Wednesday to oppose the government’s proposal to make a waterway through the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. The VHP says the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal project would cause the demolition of the so-called Ram Setu, which finds mention in the epic Ramayana. The VHP is organising a three-hour chakka jam covering highways and major bridges across the country. They have blocked traffic on the Western Expressway in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Haryana’s Karnal district, Agra, Chandigarh, Jammu, Indore, Patna and at 20 flyovers in the Capital. In Indore all schools have been closed in anticipation of violence. Protestors also clashed with police in many areas.Earlier, General Secretary of VHP Orissa unit Gouri Prashad Rath had said that it was a mistake on part of the erstwhile NDA government to sanction the Sethusamudram project as it cannot be completed without demolishing the ancient Ram Setu. The “sacred Setu” should not be touched as it is associated with sentiments of Hindus, he had said. To a question as to why the Sangh Parivar was silent when the project was sanctioned, Rath had said that they were not aware that Ram Setu would fall a ‘victim’ to the move. “As soon as we realised the consequences, VHP and other organisations openly opposed it.” The opposition to the project was not political but “the Hindus are opposed to demolition of the Ram Setu,” he added.
Traffic alert in the Capital

The police say traffic is likely to be disrupted at the following locations in Delhi: Shakti Nagar, Uttam Nagar, Sector 6 Dwarka, Ring Road near Lajpat Nagar, Mukarba chowk, Magolpuri flyover, Raja Garden crossing, Nangloi chowk, Khajoori chowk, Liberty cinema, Anand Parbat-Sarai Rohilla flyover, Shastri Park crossing, New Delhi Railway Station, Green Park-Yusuf Sarai crossing, Nizammuddin flyover, Akshardham temple, Vikas Marg, old Yamuna iron bridge, Ashok Vihar, Kadkadooma flyover, Vikas Marg and Madhuban Chowk. 

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Activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad have called for a ‘chaaka jam’ across the country today to protest against the goverment’s plan to destroy a part of the ancient Ram Sethu bridge between India and Sri Lanka.

In the national capital, motorists faced traffic snarls in various parts of the capital.Traffic was affected in several  areas like the New Delhi railway station, Dwarka Ring Road,  Magolpuri Flyover, Liberty cinema, Akshardham temple, Vikas marg and Madhuban chowk.

Praveen Togadia, VHP, Secretary General spoke to the press on the Centre’s failure to scrap the Setusamudram project. he indicated that all means to persuade the government to not blast the proposed ‘Ram Setu’ bridge proved abortive. He told media persons , ” We have met the President, the Prime Minister,the Union Minister.We have met around 300 MPs.We have repeatedly requested them to find out an alternative route but they haven’t listened to us. We have information Ram sethu is going to be blasted…the way in which Jehadis have carried out blasts..this blast can destroy Rameswaram Sankar temple also.”

The Supreme Court had recently restrained the government from causing any damage to the mythological Ram Setu (bridge) off India’s southern tip that which was to be destroyed for constructing a navigational sea route.Some Hindus believe that the bridge was built by Lord Rama’s army of monkeys and bears to cross over to Sri Lanka to rescue his wife Sita who was abducted by demon king Ravana.The SC Bench was hearing a petition filed by Swami Sri Vidyananda Bharatiji, a Dandi Monk of the Shakaracharya Order and local resident of Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, who alleged that the project would adversely impact the environment.  

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Firebrand Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia lambasting the government for its plan to destroy the Ram sethu bridge to implement the Setusamudram project

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Police Arrest RSS, VHP, BJP Workers for countrywide traffic jam http://thehindimusic.com/india-talks/police-arrest…
by komal 2 hours 21 minutes ago (thehindimusic.com) 2.42 pm, 12 Sept. 2007
Normal traffic has been disrupted in many parts of the country due to the VHP Bajrang Dal sponsored nationwide four-hour chakka jam, in the national capital, vehicles were stranded in rush hour traffic in several parts. Their activists began their blockade at around 8 am . Workers of major Hindu organization like Vishwa hindu parisad (VHP), Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (RSS), Bharatiy janta party (BJP), Bajrang dal launch nationwide protest against govt nod to Sethusamudram project in all major cities and villages of India. Workers block all main road, highways and check posts in cities and villages of all Indian, workers recommend and request peoples to save Ram setu Bridge, Many workers are arrested by police. Here is some pictures taken at Police Station in Morbi (Gujarat)http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/6018/001xl9.jpg http://www.indianpad.com/story/102595 Traffic hit in Jharkhand, prohibitory orders in Giridih Ranchi, Sept. 12 (PTI): Rail and road traffic across Jharkhand was thrown out of gear for about three hours and prohibitory orders were imposed at Giridih town during the VHP sponsored nation-wide blockade today against the Centre’s decision to go ahead with the Sethu Samudram project in Rameswaram. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in Giridih town after clashes broke out at Bada Chowk when VHP supporters tried to enforce the blockade and clashed with the people, Superintendent of Police Arun Singh said. As stones were thrown by the clashing sides, the police fired in the air and burst tear gas shells to scare them away, he said adding the situation was under control. The blockade brought to a standstill traffic at Giridih, besides Palamau and Gumla, the police said. BJP and VHP activists squatted on main thoroughfares here in the morning, but the police swiftly cleared the blockades and detained several supporters, Superintendent of Police (Ranchi city) Richard Lakra said. About 200 VHP supporters put up blockades on railway tracks between Tatanagar and Gua in Jamshedpur, delaying Tata-Gua passenger train, Railway sources said. The Howrah-Barbil Satabdi Express was stranded at Tatanagar railway station due to a blockade on the railway tracks at Sini, 60 km away, the sources said adding the blockade was removed by the police. http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200709121276.htmProtests in Mumbai, Delhi over Sethusamudram projectSeptember 12, 2007 12:25 ISTProtesting the government’s decision to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project, the Sangh Parivar and its affiliated organisations on Wednesday staged road blockades at various places in Mumbai and Delhi.Workers from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party blocked various roads across Mumbai, police said.

Traffic movement at 23 busy spots in Mumbai, including important junctions on the S V Road in north-west Mumbai, Saki Naka and Turbhe Naka, was blocked by the protestors causing inconvenience to commuters, they added.

“We have started detaining the protestors and are in the process of clearing the spots for smooth traffic movement,” a police official said.

The Sethusamudram Ship Canal project aims at creating an artificial canal in the shallow ocean, by dredging parts of Ram Sethu, to enable vessels to save time taken to circumnavigate the Sri Lankan island while going from west to east.

 According to the epic Ramayana, Ram Sethu is a bridge constructed by Lord Ram connecting the Indian peninsula with mainland Sri Lanka [Images].Commuters in Delhi had a harrowing time reaching their destinations due to road blockades at various places by VHP activists as part of the nationwide protest. VHP activists began their blockade at around 8 am.

Vehicular movement across Delhi was affected with traffic snarls witnessed at Nizamuddin bridge, ITO, Yamuna bridge, Akshardham temple, Vikas Marg, Connaught Place, Dwarka flyover, Lajpat Nagar, South-Extension and along National Highway 8.

Traffic was also affected in Khajoori and Bhajanpura.

Police personnel in large numbers were deployed on streets to regulate the traffic. A number of activists, including some local leaders of VHP and BJP, were also detained.

“I had a harrowing time in reaching my office. I was almost an hour late,” said Deepa Sharma, a commuter.

VHP claimed that the Sethusamudram project will destroy the mythical Ram Sethu linking India and Sri Lanka.

Normal life remained paralysed in Madhya Pradesh in the forenoon as the VHP workers disrupted road and rail traffic.

 VHP workers put up pickets at vantage points to block the traffic causing inconvenience to commuters, particularly students and office-goers.

In Bhopal, office-goers had a harrowing time as the main arteries were blocked in at least 15 places. Police personnel deployed to maintain law and order did not come forward to help the people in distress though the VHP leaders had announced that essential services would be left untouched.

 City buses were off the road during the agitation in Bhopal and Indore.

Kolar township, having about 3 lakh population, remained cut off from Bhopal for over four hours due to the agitation.

At Hoshangabad, national highway No 59 was blocked by VHP workers, who also stopped the 2853 Down Durg-Bhopal Amarkantak Express at the outer of Hoshangabad station briefly.

Barring stray incidents of violence, the traffic blockade agitation from 0800 to 1100 hours was “by and large peaceful”, Additional Director General of Police Surendra Singh said.

 At Indore, 41 VHP workers were arrested for attempting to detain trains. The Indore-Nagda passenger train was also detained for five minutes. A stone-throwing incident was reported in Chandannagar area when agitators were challenged by a rival group.

Additional Reportage: UNI 

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Sethusamudram: BJP, VHP hold protests NDTV CorrespondentWednesday, September 12, 2007 (New Delhi) http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/fullimage/ver1/v/vhpbjpprotest.jpg The BJP is holding protest rallies around the country against the government’s decision to go ahead with the Sethu Samudram project.The protests resulted in huge traffic jams in places as far apart as Delhi, Indore and the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway.According to latest reports, the jam at the Akshardham chowk in Delhi has now been cleared and traffic movement has been restored.In Indore, BJP-VHP protesters tried to stop a train. Twelve of them were arrested and the police resorted to mild lathicharge.The Sethu Samudram project proposes a shipping canal between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070025831# Mangalore: Rama Setu Rakshana Samiti Activists Block City Roads Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (MM/NR)
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Mangalore, Sep 12: The activists of Sri Ramasetu Rakshana Samiti held rasta roko throughout the city here on Wednesday September 12. The strike is called to save the Rama Setu which is located close to Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. The union government has planned to break Rama Setu to create a pathway for ships. However, Sangh Parivar leaders are opposing this project. Hence, the bundh is being observed around the city from morning 8 to 11. The activists of the Rakshana Samiti have blocked all roads in places like Pumpwell, Adyar, State Bank, Ambedkar Circle at Jyoti, B C Road, PVS, Mangaladevi etc. Hence, a big queue of vehicles is found in all these places.  Moreover, all around one finds the activists shouting slogans against the union government. In some places, the activists can be seen chanting bhajans of Shri Ram.Owing to the bundh call, however school and college students and employees working in the city found it difficult to reach their destination in the morning. Many of the shops in the city are seen with their shutters down in the morning as a direct response to the road block. The local authorities are not taking any chances and therefore the city police has made tight security arrangements all over the city and are keeping strict vigil. http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh1.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh2.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh3.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh4.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh5.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh6.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh7.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh8.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh9.jpg http://www.daijiworld.com/images1/glad_0912_bundh10.jpg

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VHP protest affects traffic in Delhi

New Delhi, Sept. 12 (PTI): Commuters in the capital had a harrowing time reaching their destinations today due to road blockade at various places by VHP activists as part of their nationwide protest against government’s decision to go ahead with the Sethu Samudram project.

VHP activists began their blockade at around 8 am. Vehicular movement across the city was affected with traffic snarls witnessed at Nizamuddin birdge, ITO, Yamuna birdge, Akshardham temple, Vikas Marg, Connaught Place, Dwarka flyover, Lajpat Nagar and South-Extension, National Highway 8.

Traffic was also affected in Khajoori and Bhajanpura.

Police personnel in large numbers were deployed on streets to regulate the traffic. A number of activists, including some local leaders of VHP and BJP, were also detained.

“I had a harrowing time in reaching my office. I was almost an hour late,” said Deepa Sharma, a commuter.

VHP claimed that the Sethu Samudram project would destroy the mythical ‘Ram Setu’ linking India and Sri Lanka.

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Ram Setu: 3 hr nationwide protest by VHP begins
Wednesday, September 12 2007 09:13(IST)

New Delhi, Sept 12: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has begun its three-hour nation-wide road blockade to protest against the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project.The blockade began at 8 a.m. and will end at 11.00 am.According to reports, highways and main bridges across the country are blocked.The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation.Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea.This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries, opponents say.ANI
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 Nation-wide blockade by VHP against Sethusamudram project  New Delhi, Sept 12: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has begun its three-hour nation-wide road blockade to protest against the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project.According to reports, highways and main bridges across the country are blocked.The 560-million dollar Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will dredge a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.Hindu groups have called on the government to stop the project, saying it will demolish a bridge linking India and Sri Lanka, believed to have been built by Lord Ram.According to the Central Government, research has shown that the bridge was a series of sand shoals created by sedimentation.Dredging for the project began in 2005 and the channel — 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long — will provide a crucial link between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar.When the project is completed, ships sailing between India’s western and eastern coasts will no longer have to go around Sri Lanka, and are expected to save up to 36 hours of sailing time.The project has also sparked protests by other groups including conservationists and local fishermen, who say the dredging will mean dumping sediment in deeper water further out to sea.This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries, opponents say.Bureau Report

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‘Ram Setu’ protest blocks traffic
12 Sep, 2007, 1119 hrs IST, PTI
 NEW DELHI: Commuters in the capital had a harrowing time reaching their destinations today due to road blockade at various places by VHP activists as part of their nationwide protest against government’s decision to go ahead with the Sethu Samudram project. VHP activists began their blockade at around 8 am. Vehicular movement across the city was affected with traffic snarls witnessed at Nizamuddin birdge, ITO, Yamuna birdge, Akshardham temple, Vikas Marg, Connaught Place, Dwarka flyover, Lajpat Nagar and South-Extension, National Highway 8. Traffic was also affected in Khajoori and Bhajanpura. Police personnel in large numbers were deployed on streets to regulate the traffic. A number of activists, including some local leaders of VHP and BJP, were also detained. “I had a harrowing time in reaching my office. I was almost an hour late,” said Deepa Sharma, a commuter.
VHP claimed that the Sethu Samudram project would destroy the mythical ‘Ram Setu’ linking India and Sri Lanka.
 

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Ram Setu: VHP begins countrywide chakka jam

Posted at Wednesday, 12 September 2007 11:09 IST

New Delhi, Sep 12: Traffic came to grinding halt at several places in the national capital today with the Vishva Hindu Parishad calling for a chakka jam protesting the government’s plan to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project, which envisages destroying a portion of the ancient Ram Setu bridge between India and Sri Lanka, Sahara Samay sources said.

The channel reports said that Agra railway track, Sikandara Crossing and GT Karnal road were jammed by the VHP activists to lodge their protest against the plan of the government.

ABVP activists are also reported to have jammed Tavi bridge in Jammu. Bajrang Dal activists attempted to halt a train in Indore, they said.

Similar reports of chakka jam have also come from different parts of the country. Several VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP activists also courted arrest in Thane, Delhi and other places.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in Delhi, Agra and several other places to maintain law and order during the chakka jam, they added.

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Massive traffic jam as VHP blocks roads in Delhi, Haryana

Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday blocked roads all over the Indian capital and the National Highway Number 1 in Haryana to protest the Sethusamudram canal project in Tamil Nadu that they say will destroy a ‘bridge’ that is held sacred in Hindu mythology.

The activists blocked bridges across the Yamuna in Delhi and some arterial roads in west and central Delhi, leading to major traffic snarls in the morning rush hour.

In Haryana, the VHP activists blocked National Highway Number 1 at Karnal, leading to a massive traffic jam on one of the busiest roads in the country.

The activists also disrupted train services at Jalandhar, Ambala and Phagwara in Punjab.

The VHP claims that the canal project, that will cut shipping time in the southern tip of India, would damage the Adam’s Bridge or Ram Sethu, that many Hindus claim was built by the monkey brigade to enable Ram to reach then Lanka (now Sri Lanka) to rescue his wife Sita from the clutches of demon king Ravana.

Hindutva parties claim that US space agency NASA had the bridge in the Indian Ocean carbon dated as being 1.7 million years old. However, NASA and Indian scientists say the ‘bridge’ was nothing but a natural string of underwater coral reefs.

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Massive traffic jam as VHP blocks national highway in HaryanaSep 12, 2007, 4:45 GMT  (m&c)Chandigarh, Sep 12(IANS) Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Wednesday blocked the National Highway Number 1 at Karnal in Haryana to protest the union government’s Rs.24 billion Sethusamudram canal project in Tamil Nadu, resulting in a massive traffic hold-up.The VHP claims that the canal project would damage the Adam’s Bridge or Ram Sethu, a man-made bridge according to Hindu mythology. Right wing parties say that US space agency NASA had the bridge in the Indian Ocean carbon dated as being 1.7 million years old. However, NASA later said it was a natural string of underwater coral reefs. The blockade of the national highway at Karnal resulted in a massive traffic jam. The activists also disrupted train services at Jalandhar, Ambala and Phagwara in Punjab. Indo-Asian News Service http://tinyurl.com/ywawb8  

Nation-wide ‘chakka jam’ tomorrow to protest Ram Setu demolition Tuesday, September 11 2007 19:38 (IST)New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) general secretary Pravin Togadia will lead the nation-wide road blockade tomorrow to mount pressure on the government over its proposed demolition of the ‘Ram Setu’, off Tamil Nadu shores, to make passage for a waterway.The three-hour (0800-1100 hrs) ‘chakka jam’ would cover all highways and main bridges (‘setus’) across the country and no traffic would be permitted on them, veteran VHP leader Giriraj Kishore told mediapersons.”We have been forced to take this step to highlight the issue of demolishing the Ram Setu, as our repeated requests and pleas to the government have failed to make any headway.” However, all medical and life-saving services have been exempted from the ‘chakka jam’, he said, adding that participants have been cautioned against harming national property.Volunteers from various organisations have been roped in to make the ‘road blockade’ a success as the issue concerns our cultural heritage and above all our faith and belief, he said.‘Despite 35 lakh signatures submitted to the government, repeated pleas by saints and adverse reports by eminent scientists against destroying the ‘Ram Setu’, the government has chosen to adopt an anti-people stand that hurts Hindu sentiments and wipes out a marvellous heritage symbol.” If the government was open to accomodate the wishes of ‘jehadis’ and naxals, why can’t it respect the will and wish of the country’s majority? he queried, adding that tomorrow’s move was a mere eye-opener.”If the government continued with its repressive policy, we will continue with our agitation in various forms and compel it to respect the people’s faith.” Mr Togadia would lead the ‘chakka jam’ in Delhi, where blockades’ would be carried out at 18 places, he added.UNI http://tinyurl.com/26rwrx Protest against Sethu Samudram project Staff Reporter ‘The project will harm marine life and the ecology of the area’BANGALORE: Members of Ramsethu Rakshana Vedike, Karnataka, will block roads and the railway line on Wednesday, as part of the nationwide protest against the Sethu Samudram ship channel project near Rameshwaram.Project harmful B. Surendran, National Secretary of Rameshwaram Ramsethu Protection Movement, said that the project, among other things, would harm the marine life and the ecology of the area. The project has drawn opposition from various quarters, including the fisher folk, environmentalists and marine engineers, said Mr. Surendran.In Bangalore, the protest would be held between 10.a.m. and 11 a.m. at the City Railway Station, near the NGEF factory on Old Madras Road, near the APMC Yard in Yeshawantapur, near the Banashankari Temple and at Chandapura Circle on Hosur Road, he said.

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3 Responses to Rama Setu: Save! nationwide protests (12 Sept. 2007)

  1. Anjan Kishore says:

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  2. As a Indian Hindu I believe in Indian culture and heritage. To save our historical things an d belives i will do what ever is requiered. I would like to give my entire life for this movement and save the nation in this regard. please do contact me any time 09397811169

  3. cleanlislig says:

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