A play staged by a Pakistani theatre group was disrupted by Shiv Sena workers on Saturday evening in Gurgaon.
According to the organisers of the event, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), the play, Baanj, had been put up by a Pakistani group called Mass Group Foundation.
Nearly half-an-hour after the play started at the Leisure Valley Ground, some Sena activists at the venue started chanting slogans against Pakistan, they said.
“Initially, we thought it was part of the play. But we soon realised that they wanted to disrupt the play when they got on the stage and uprooted a Pakistani flag placed on it. They also raised slogans against Pakistan. The organisers of the play soon brought the situation under control and removed them from the stage,” said Satyabir Singh Rohilla, public relations officer, MCG.
Terming the incident “unfortunate”, the civic body’s officials claimed that two policemen had been deployed at the venue but could not be spotted during the incident.
The Gurgaon Police, on the other hand, denied that they had been alerted by the civic body about the ‘sensitivity of the play’ and the fact that it was being performed by a Pakistani group.
According to MCG officials, the situation was soon brought under control and the nearby police station was informed about the incident. The play resumed after the brief delay and concluded without any interruptions.
“We have been coming to India since 2008 and we have performed plays in different parts of the country such as Amritsar, Kurukshetra and Rohtak. We have been to other parts of the world as well, but enjoy performing in India as we share a common culture,” said Aamir Nawaz, the director of the play.
The group is scheduled to perform at Azad Bhawan in Delhi on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Deepak Saharan said that the police had no information about the play and they had not received any complaint about the incident.