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Clashes over art expo in Vadodara

Vadodara: Some clashes were reported here on Monday between supporters of the controversial art exhibition at Maharaja Sayajirao University here and right-wing activists, even as the student, Chandramohan, whose paintings drew flak from the Sangh Parivar, was released on bail.

Around 200 people, including human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi and filmmaker Madhushri Dutta and activists from Mumbai, took part in the protests outside the university. Ten persons were detained as the protesters blocked traffic.

Chandramohan, a student of the Fine Arts Faculty, who was arrested in the face of the Sangh Parivar protests for his negative portrayal of Hindu deities at the exhibition, was released from custody after he furnished a bond for Rs. 5,000. He spent five days in prison.

Joined by eminent people from the fine arts field in Vadodara, supporters of Chandramohan held placards that decried the role and interference of right-wing activists in the matter. — PTI

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