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Sadanand Ghate, 43, the jogging association’s president, said he and a dozen other members went to the police station and tried to explain that they are seeking peace, not disturbing it.

The next hearing is Thursday. Some members want to fight for their right to laugh; others don’t.

“We come here for health and mental peace,” said Ranjana Agarwal, 70, a cancer patient. “If we get into fights, the whole purpose of coming is defeated.”