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Baroda students to spend 6 days in jail CNN-IBN

Posted Friday , May 11, 2007 at 21:42
Updated Friday , May 11, 2007 at 21:49
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OBSCENE ART: BJP activists led by leader Niraj Jain had damaged the paintings that were on display.

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New Ddelhi: The two students of the Fine Arts Faculty Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara arrested for painting what police considered obscene works of art will have to spend as many as six days in jail.

Chandramohan and Venkat Rao, who were arrested on Wednesday, were produced on Friday before a Baroda magistrate, who said that their bail application will be heard on Monday.

This is the second time they have been produced before a magistrate. The students were arrested by the police under charges of creating discord among groups by painting gods and godesses inappropriately.

On Wednesday, VHP and BJP activists had damaged the paintings in the hall where they were on display, claiming they were offensive.

Students of the university had protested protesting against the activists vandalising their exhibition. They are also protesting against the arrest.

But BJP leader Niraj Jain was not in the least apologetic claiming to have the support of Christian organisations as well. He threatened "action" against the university in no uncertain terms.

“The students should be thrown out of the university and the Dean also. This is something which is unacceptable,” Jain had said.

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