Bhubaneswar: Parks wore a deserted look on Valentine’s Day. Love Birds in the State capital feared the celebrations as Bajrang Dal activists had threatened to make rounds in the city to spot couples and take them to temples for marriage if they find any couple displaying affection in public.
The Bajrang Dal on Monday had already made it clear that the `foreign culture’ of professing love in public or partying will not be tolerated.
However youngsters were seen thronging into gift shops and malls in large numbers to purchase gifts and flowers. Prominent places in Bhubaneswar were beaming with florists at every corner and were seen meeting the soaring demand of flowers particularly red roses for the day.
“Although we have all popular colours and varieties of roses, the favourite one which sells the most is the red as it is very popular among college and university students”, said a florist in Bhubaneswar.
With a red rose stick being sold for Rs 20, which costs Rs 15 ordinarily, the prices are expected to go higher, said another florist in Bhubaneswar.
Security measures were tightened up in the city. Security guards were deployed in parks, shopping malls, cafeterias and outside crowded gift and stationery shops to ensure avoidance of any disturbance.