MUMBAI: 10 to 15 Shiv Sena activists assaulted Dudheendra Kulkarni, who is to organize former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch, couple of hours before the event.
“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 program, you didn’t listen to us, this is what we’ll do’. They abused me,” Kurkarni said.
He also said he had earlier told Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray that the event would not be called off.
“We respect your right to protest peacefully, you should respect our right to hold the program… we are not doing anything unlawful,” said the organizer while talking to NDTV.
The organiser said the government had assured security for the former minister of Pakistan and the event.
“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 adding that “we are going to go ahead with the program, we are not going to be deterred by these things.”
Meanwhile, the event organizer and Kasuri held a joint press conference following the menacing incident.
It is expected that Kasuri had revealed a number of things related to diplomatic issues of both Pakistan and India in his book; that’s why Shiv Sena is showing outrage on the event and the arrival of Kasuri in India.