Kozhikode: A popular restaurant in north Kerala’s Kozhikode district has been forced to cover its nameplate because of the ‘Karachi‘ in its name, said reports on Friday.

‘Calicut-Karachi Durbar’ has been forced to cover its board following a threat from some right-wing groups, the restaurant owner told media.

M Jamshi said that a couple of days after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack on a CRPF convoy, a group of people, which had some BJP leaders, went to his restaurant, asking him to he change its name. Initially, he ignored them but once Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistan two days ago, he was threatened again.

“I can’t take any chance now. So I covered ‘KA’ on the board, changing the name to ‘Calicut-Rachi Durbar’. If they are not happy with it, I am ready to remove the whole board,” he was quoted as saying by a leading daily.

Jamshi said he started the restaurant as he was very fond of Pakistani cuisine. “Four years ago, I had visited the famous Karachi Restaurant in Dubai. Its tandoor and barbeque cuisines really tickled my palette. Now, I have three outlets, including one in Bengaluru,” he said.

Of his three outlets, two are in Kozhikode and one in Koramangala in Bengaluru. The ones in Kozhikode are called ‘Calicut-Karachi Durbar’ while the one in Bengaluru is simply the Calicut Durbar.

Meanwhile, the BJP has called it a publicity stunt. “We have no idea who threatened him. The party has no role in it. It seems the whole drama is being for cheap publicity. If he was threatened, he could have filed a police complaint,” said a district leader of the BJP.

Police also said no complaint had been filed.

Recently, a similar incident was reported from Bengaluru had unfolded in Bengaluru when ‘Karachi Bakery’ in Indira Nagar was forced to hide its name board after threat from some groups.