Mumbai, Oct 13: Six men who were arrested in relation to spilling paint on former BJP member, Sudheendra Kulkarni were honored by Shiv Sena on Tuesday. The men had smeared on Kulkarni, Chairman of Observer Research Foundation (ORF), ahead of the launch of former Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book, ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’.
The arrested include Gajanand Patil, Shakha Pramukh (branch chief) of Shiv Sena, Dinesh Prasad, Ashok Waghmare, Prakash Husbe, Samadhan Jadhav and Venkatesh Nair. Black paint was sprayed on the columnist for hosting the event while Sena wanted it cancelled. The incident happened outside Kulkarni’s residence in Matunga, Mumbai. A group of Shiv Sena members intercepted Kulkarni’s car just outside his Matunga home this morning and painted his face black. The book launch event was organised by ORF at Nehru Centre in Worli, Central Mumbai, and it took place as scheduled in the evening amidst tight security. (Also Read- Patriotic Mumbaikars’ taught Sudheendra Kulkarni a good lesson, gloats Shiv Sena)
Not only the did Sena stop there, in their mouthpiece Saamna, Sena compared him to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was hanged in 2012. Commenting on the incident, Kulkarni on Monday said that Pakistan’s ex-foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch is a victory of peace, democracy and an effort to initiate dialogue process between India and Pakistan.
While Islamabad raised concerns over the ‘disruption of events organised for prominent Pakistani personalities in India’, the Centre hit back asking the neighboring country not to lecture them. Sources say that India responded saying it does not need a ‘lecture’ as the hostile neighbour is not an ’embodiment of tolerance’.