SHIV SENA Activists attack BCCI Office Shouting Slogans 'Shahryar Khan go back'

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 19 October 2015 11:41

MUMBAI: Activists of India's far-right political group Shiv Sena attacked the Mumbai headquarters of the office Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, just before Pakistan Cri­cket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan was to meet BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to discuss a bilateral series in December, NDTV reported.

According to the report, Sena activists crashed through the gates of the office in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium that serves as the headquarters of the BCCI.

The activists shouted anti-Pakistan slogans holding posters that read 'Shahryar Khan go back', determined to stop Manohar from meeting his Pakistani counterpart.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi on Sunday left for India in a bid to convince the BCCI to confirm the bilateral series in December.

Activists belonging to Shiv Sena — a junior partner in a ruling coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Maharashtra state government — last week attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni, who organised a book launch in Mumbai for former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri.

The group was also accused of using threats to force the cancellation of an appearance in Mumbai by Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.

Shiv Sena, a hardline outfit founded by the late Bal Thackeray, has in the past threatened Pakistani athletes to deter them from engaging in competitive sports in India.

Thackeray often referred to Indian Muslims as “anti-nationals” and called for Hindu suicide squads to counter what he saw as a rise in ‘Islamic terrorism’.

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