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Shiv Sainiks disrupt play by Pakistani actors in Gurgaon

PTI 25 Oct 2015, 7:37:25 IST

Gurgaon: Shouting anti-Pakistan slogans, alleged Shiv Sena activists today disrupted a drama by some Pakistani actors in Gurgaon, days after they forced cancellation of ghazal singer Ghulam Ali's musical performance in Mumbai as part of their campaign against personalities from the neighbouring country.

Around 5-6 young men claiming to be Shiv Sainiks climbed atop the stage at an open air theatre in Gurgaon, on Delhi's outskirts, where a group of seven Pakistani actors were staging a play “Banjh” (infertile).

“They shouted slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and ‘Pakistan Murdabad' and disrupted the show for about 5-10 minutes,” Public Relations Officer of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon Satbir Rohilla told PTI.

Though some reports said Shiv Sena activists pulled down Pakistani flags put on the stage, Rohilla said nothing of that sort happened.

The show by the artistes from ‘Mass Foundation', Lahore, he said, later resumed.

Rohilla said the concerned authorities decided against reporting the matter to the police as they did not want to “turn the trouble makers into heroes”.  

Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Sharan said though no complaint has been registered by the organisers of the show, the matter is being investigated.  

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He said the organisers had neither obtained permission for the play nor intimated the local police about it.  

“Still, on getting information, the Police Inspector of the concerned police station rushed to the scene. We have got to know of the registration number of the vehicle used by the trouble makers. The matter is under investigation,” he said.  

The Sena activists had recently blackened the face of former BJP leader Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation, in Mumbai when he refused to cancel the book launch of former Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai.

They had also stormed the BCCI office in Mumbai and forced cancellation of talks between Indian cricket board chief Shashank Manohar and his Pakistani counterpart Shahryar Khan on resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries.

Rohilla, however, said they inform the local police about cultural events at the theatre which are held every Saturday.

“However, no policeman was present at the venue today,” he said.

One of the protesting Sainiks said,” Ceasefire violations by Pakistan keep on happening.

Our citizens, our jawans continue to be killed by them.

“As long as such things happen, we will continue to protest against Pakistan, not only in Gurgaon but everywhere in the country,” Rituraj, who claimed to be Shiv Sainik, said.