Wielding lathis they chased away unassuming couples, tore and burnt greeting cards and even got a dog married to a donkey as the fringe groups in different parts of the country protested against Valentine’s Day on Wednesday to “protect” the Indian culture.

From Ahmedabad to Chennai, Lucknow to Hyderabad, the self-appointed guardians were out in full-force harassing couples in public parks and restaurants in a bid to purge the western influence among the youth.

At the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, couples were seen running to save themselves as a large group of Bajrang Dal workers brandishing lathis (sticks) swooped down on the expansive waterfront.

While, in Hyderabad, Bajrang Dal workers burnt an effigy of Valentine’s Day and in Coimbatore, Valentine’s Day greeting cards were torn and burnt as the fringe sought a ban on celebrating the day of love in their effort to save the “culture of Bharath”.

Similarly, in Chennai, activists of the Bharat Hindu Front workers got a dog and a donkey married in protest against Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, to curb the “westernisation” of Indian culture, the Lucknow University has issued a strongly-worded advisory asking its students to refrain from “roaming” and “loitering” on the campus on Valentine’s Day.

The advisory issued on February 10 and signed by Chief Proctor Vinod Singh clearly states: “In recent years, it has been seen that some students, influenced by western culture, celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14.”

“Students are informed that the University will remain shut on Feb 14, 2018 to mark the occasion of Maha Shivratri. There will be no extra classes or any cultural programme. Therefore, students are requested to not come to the University.”

“If anyone is found roaming or loitering on the campus unnecessarily, disciplinary action will be taken as per rules,” the advisory warned.