Shiv Sena disrupts Pakistani band's press meet in Mumbai

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Shiv Sena disrupts Pak band's press meet
Mumbai, Feb 4: Maharashtra's right-wing regional party Shiv Sena on Tuesday disrupted the press conference of a Pakistani band in the Mumbai Press Club.

Carrying saffron party flags and chanting "Pakistanis go back" and "Vande Mataram", alleged Sena workers forced their way into the conference hall, heckled the artistes of 'Meekal Hasan Band' and overturned chairs when they were in the middle of a media briefing.

Swinging into action, police managed to evict the protesters and the entrance to the club was shut.

President of the club Gurbir Singh said he has approached state's Home Minister R R Patil and Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sadanand Date who have assured deployment of additional police force at the venue.

Singh deplored the incident, saying efforts to improve Indo-Pak relations should be welcomed and not thwarted.

This was the first ever initiative with band members from both Pakistan and India and was aimed to create positive interaction between the musicians of both the countries.

The band comprises Mekaal Hasan, the guitarist and band founder, Ahsan Papu the flutist, Gino Banks, an Indian drummer, Sheldon D'Silva on bass, and Sharmistha Chatterjee as the vocalist.

Shiv Sena has been opposing participation of Pakistani artists in events in India for quite a long time.

It had protested against the inclusion of Pakistani television host and cross dresser Begum Nawazish Ali and actor Veena Malik in Bigg Boss show in 2010 and disrupted a Sindhi Sufi music festival in Delhi last year where artists from the neighbouring country were present.

Oneindia News

(With PTI inputs)

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