GURGAON – India’s Shiv Sena members stormed a Gurgaon theatre and disrupted a play featuring Pakistani performers.The Shiv Sena activists allegedly marched on stage and threw away a Pakistani flag that was being used a prop in the play called “Baanjh”, while shouting anti-Pakistan slogans, Times of India reported. The men also demanded to know why the organisers had invited Pakistani performers to act in the play.Although two policemen had been assigned to provide security for the play, they were absent from the scene at the time of the incident, organisers said. MCG Public Relations Officer SS Rohilla said, “We had given an application to Sector 29 police station and they had sent only two cops to spot but they were not present when this ruckus happened. Since there were actors from Pakistan, security should have been better.”
“Baanjh” playwright Afzaal Nabi said, “We came here with a message of peace. The interruption did bother us but the play went ahead and we were appreciated by the audience. That is what matters.” Actors in the play said that people in the audience had been quick to protect the actors from the protestors.Actor Zoya Qazi said “The support made us happy.” Sector 29 Police Station Station House Officer Ashok Kumar said that no written permission had been sought. The incident occurred just days after Shiv Sena workers attacked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters last week just before Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan was to meet BCCI chief Shashank Manohar to discuss a bilateral series slated for December.Earlier in October, Shiv Sena activists attacked Sudheendra Kulkarni, the organiser of former Pakistan foreign affair minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch in Mumbai just hours before the event was to take place.