Bengaluru: Karachi Bakery on Saturday took to its official Facebook page and shared a post saying that it is ‘absolutely Indian by heart’. The development came a day after a protesting mob forced the outlet in Bengaluru to cover the word ‘Karachi’ from its main hoarding amid the rising anti-Pakistan discourse in the country post Pulwama terror attack.
“Dear Patrons, We would like to clarify that Karachi Bakery was founded by Shri. Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India during the partition. The brand was established in 1953 and is an Indian company based out of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The popularity and love for its products has contributed to its growth throughout India and abroad. The essence of Karachi Bakery is absolutely Indian by heart and will remain so. We request everybody to refrain from any kind of misconceptions,” the Facebook post read.
Earlier on Friday, a group of 20-25 men gathered outside the bakery at 100 Feet Road in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar and demanded the name be changed. They alleged that they knew ‘people in the army’. The incident happened between 8-8.30 PM.
“The mob stayed for about half an hour. They demanded us to change the name. The men claimed to know people in the army. They thought we are from Pakistan. But we have been using this name for the last 53 years. The owners are Hindus; only the name is Karachi bakery. To satisfy them, we put up the Indian flag,” the manager of Karachi Bakery, Bengaluru told The News Minute.
Karachi Bakery, popular for its fruit biscuits, was founded by Khanchand Ramnani. It’s first outlet was opened in Hyderabad and has grown into a nationwide franchise.
On February 14, the nation witnessed a dastardly terror attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed as their bus was hit by an explosive-laden vehicle. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by JeM.