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BJP youth activists held for trying to forcibly enter Eden Gardens (Lead)

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154   //    23 Feb 2019, 18:11 IST
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Kolkata: Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists stage a demonstration outside Eden Gardens to demand removal of pictures of Pakistani cricketers including Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan; in Kolkata on Feb 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Kolkata, Feb 23 (IANS) Activists of Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing were arrested on Saturday for trying to forcibly enter the Eden Gardens here to demand pictures of Pakistan's World Cup winning captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Pakistani cricketers be removed in wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

"Sixty Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) supporters, who wanted to forcefully enter the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) premises were arrested," said an officer manning the Lalbazar police control room.

The BJYM supporters marched from Babughat and gathered in front of the stadium demanding the removal of the pictures.

CAB president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly later said a decision on whether to remove the photos will be taken soon.

"We are working on it. There will be a decision soon," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

A day ago, Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh also participated in a march to the Eden Gardens demanding the removal of the posters.

Apart from Imran, pictures of legendary Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram, Intikhab Alam and Ramiz Raja adorn the walls of the CAB.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently removed the poster of the Pakistan cricket team from their headquarters in Mumbai.

Other associations such as the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, the Punjab Cricket Association, the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association have also removed photos of Pakistani cricketers.

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The relations between India and Pakistan have hit a new low following a suicide attack on a CRPF vehicle in Pulwama that resulted in the death of over 40 CRPF troopers on February 14.

Terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which operates out of Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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