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May 11, 2007 at 08:49am IST

VHP moral brigade trashes exhibition

New Delhi: Two art students in Vadodara were arrested on Wednesday for making 'objectionable' paintings. The students were apparently painting nude pictures, depicting Hindu deities.

The students, Venkat Rao and Chandramohan - who is a Lalit Kala Akademi awardee - are slated to appear before a local court later on Thursday.

They had made the paintings as part of a final year project at the Faculty of Fine Arts in MS University.

On Wednesday, VHP and BJP activists damaged the paintings in the hall where they were on display, claiming they were offensive. Christian groups have also objected to the paintings.

Police later arrested the students who had made the paintings. They have been charged with allegedly promoting enmity between racial groups.

What's interesting is that the college authorities insist the works were not open for display to the public and that they were displayed in a private exhibition.