Mumbai: The chairman of Observer and research Foundation, Sudhir Kulkarni was attacked by Shiv Sena for organizing the book launch of Pakistan goreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasauri in Moumbai on Monday.
Kulkarni said to the media that some Shiv Sena members barged into his society and smeared his face with black paint and threatened him not to go ahead with Kasuri’s book launch event.
“As soon as I got out of my building, a group of Shiv Sainiks stopped me and asked me to come out of the car and smeared black paint on me. They shouted slogans and threatened me saying we had ordered you no to go ahead with the book launch,” Kulkarni said. He, however, added that despite the incident the the book launch event will he held as scheduled. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured full security to former Pakistan minister’s book launch but added that anti-India propaganda will not be tolerated.
“For all foreigners, diplomats or foreign dignitaries who are allowed on proper visa in our country it is responsibility of our government to provide them security. Hence, Mr.Kasuri and the program will be provided total security. But this doesn’t mean that we endorse all views expressed in the program. No anti-India propaganda will be tolerated through any such program if found so the organisers would be held responsible,” a statement issued by the chief minister said.
Shiv Sena has been protesting against Pakistan and any form of cultural ties with the neighbouring country. Sena had recently threatened to disrupt ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert that led to cancellation of his events in Mumbai and Pune.