Amid protest, Taslima Nasrin sent back from Aurangabad airport

The official said Taslima arrived at Aurangabad at 7.30 pm by an Air India Delhi-Mumbai flight via Aurangabad.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:July 31, 2017 2:01 am
Taslima Nasrin at Aurangabad airport. Express

Following protests against her plans to visit world heritage sites Ajanta and Ellora caves and other tourist spots in Aurangabad, Bangladesh author Taslima Nasrin was on Saturday stopped at the airport and sent to Mumbai. While AIMIM legislator Imtiyaz Jaleel, who led the protests, claimed that Taslima’s visit would have paralysed the city’s law and order situation, police said she “readily agreed” to go to Mumbai on learning about the protests. A police official said they were not aware of Taslima’s travel plan and learnt of it around 6 pm on Saturday after protesters gathered outside a five-star hotel where she was scheduled to stay. A group of protesters reached the airport and started shouting ‘Taslima, go back’.

The official said Taslima arrived at Aurangabad at 7.30 pm by an Air India Delhi-Mumbai flight via Aurangabad. The flight was in transit at Aurangabad for an hour and was scheduled to leave for Mumbai at 8.30pm. As the protests continued, police dispatched two officers who asked Taslima to stay inside the airport. A senior official said Taslima was apprised of the situation and given the option to continue her tour under security cover or go to Mumbai. She opted for travelling to Mumbai, the official claimed.

“As only a few flights operate from Aurangabad, we had to ask her to take the same flight in which she had come. We spoke to the pilot and officials from the Airport Authority of India to accommodate her in the flight. After Taslima agreed, she was asked to board the flight,” said the official. Jaleel, AIMIM legislator from Aurangabad central constituency, said the situation in the city has been tense after many illegal religious structures were pulled down last week. “Police personnel have been deployed in large numbers. If Taslima visited the city at such a time, a major law and order problem would have broken out. Therefore, I spoke to senior officials from police and the administration and asked them to stop Nasreen from entering the city,” he told The Indian Express.

“If she would had been allowed to reach her hotel, protesters would have greeted her with eggs and tomatoes. While we are all for freedom of speech and expression, she writes against the Prophet and Islam. Youths cannot stand her and as a responsible legislator, I ensured she is sent back.”

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  1. N
    Jul 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm
    Write the article properly. Use the correct description. Protests by whom? By a radical Muslim mob. Say it clearly. Poor Taslima cannot even freely travel in India all thanks to these violent jihadis joh baat baat pe kood padte hain. This is not filthy bangladesh and Pakistan full of terrorists. THIS IS INDIA and we cannot bow to these evil demons. Corrupt paid media will do articles defending the violent mobs if they are Muslim. They will defend them even if their own family gets killed by them thats how nonsensically 'secular' they are. Get some guts, Indian Express. Dont behave like slaves to the violent mob and pamper one community.
    1. S
      Jul 31, 2017 at 1:47 pm
      NDTV yesterday spoke about veterans writing to Government complaining about curtailment of freedom of expression, so-called attacks on dalits and Muslims. Well where was the channel about this ? Not even a mention about Taslima. Pseudo-secular rubbish as usual
      1. S
        Jul 31, 2017 at 1:44 pm
        Come on sickular brigade Rahul, Laloo, Akhilesh, Brinda, Barkha, Rana, Rajedeep etc. Where is your condemnation ? Also the Bihar Minister forced to apologise for Jai Sri Ram. Stop your one-sided selective condemnations and speak out forcefully against Islamic extremism
        1. R
          Rakesh Katyal
          Jul 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm
          These are secular protests hence there shall be no award wapsi.
          1. D
            Jul 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm
            Tasleema Nasreen is in India on the visa granted by the past and later by current Govt. She has right to go to the Ajanta/Elora caves irrespective of her writing or ideology. People can write against her and have a right to protest but denying her a visit to the famous places in the region is not correct.
            1. T
              The Sceptic
              Jul 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm
              We are slowly, but SURELY, becoming a country where the rule of law is non-existent. Anyone who can round up a few dozen (doesn't even have to thousands) thugs can impose his will. I am sure that Mr Jaleel wold not appreciate it if, say, the Shiv Sena refused to allow him into Mumbai. Or, even more to the point, hounds him out of Aurangabad.
              1. L
                Logic Induction
                Jul 31, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                If you want to counter what Taslima has written, please write something and counter her !
                1. X
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 12:01 pm
                  separatists and moullas too afraid that she will reveal the idea on which Islam is based...
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