Shiv Sena Attack Organizer of Kasuri Book Launching Ceremony
MUMBAI: Sudheendra Kulkarni, organiser of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book launch is attacked by 10 to 15 Shiv Sena activists, hours before event, NDTV reported.
"When I got out of home, a group of Shiv Sainiks ─ some 10, 15 of them ─ stopped my car. When I came out, they smeared my entire body with black oil paint, shouted slogans and said 'we had ordered you to cancel the programme, you didn't listen to us, this is what we'll do'. They abused me," he said.
The organiser of the programme said he had earlier told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the programme will not be cancelled. "We respect your right to protest peacefully, you should respect our right to hold the programme ... We are not doing anything unlawful," he told NDTV.
Kulkarni said the government has assured security for Kasuri and the programme.
"We are profusely thankful to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra who has taken a very disciplined and firm stand against these kinds of threats," he said.
He added, "We are going to go ahead with the programme, we are not going to be deterred by these things."
Kasuri reached Mumbai on Sunday for the last leg of his book release tour. His book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ will be launched at Mumbai's Hall of Culture, Nehru Centre.
"My Indian sponsors say we should not chicken [out] before any threat by the Shiv Sena," Kasuri told media.
"There are some 20 security men guarding me. I’m leaving it all to Allah."
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