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Sena forces top models to beat a retreat


Thursday 31 July 2003

Article Sify News, ?dition du 31 juillet 2003.

Ahmedabad: Top international models had to beat a hasty retreat after a group of activists, allegedly belonging to Shiv Sena, stormed a fashion show at Rajkot.

Nearly 60 persons, armed with hockey sticks and lathis, stormed Chowky Dhani Garden Resort on the Rajkot-Jamnagar highway late last night and forced the closure of the fashion show organised by National Institute of Fashion Design (Ahmedabad), Rajkot police sources told PTI over phone today.

According to the complaint filed by Amit Raitha, reportedly the owner of the resort, the activists stormed the resort, shouting slogans like Shiv Sena Zindabaad and Jai Bhavani, demanding closure of the fashion show and caused considerable damage to the furniture inside.

"They flung the plastic chairs, broke the traditional huts, lanterns and tore off nearly 110 posters inside the resort", police said quoting Raitha’s complaint.

A case has been booked under Sections 143, 147, 148 and 147 of the IPC, police added.

Apart from top model former Mrs World Adit Govitrikar, upcoming Bollywood actress Mehek Chahal, model Katrina Kaif and Priya Shah were also to walk down the ramp displaying creations of NIFD students before the incident occurred.

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