A group of Shiv Sainiks was detained by police when they tried to protest against the visit of Pakistani gazal maestro Ghulam Ali, in Mahuva of Bhavnagar district, Gujarat on Friday. The popular gazal singer was in Mahuva to receive an award conferred by religious preacher Morari Bapu’s organisation.
Mahuva police said that 10 Shiv Sainiks were detained from Talgarjarda village of Mahuva while they were marching towards the venue of Asmita Parva, the annual cultural festival organised by Morari Bapu. The festival concluded with a ceremony to confer Hanumant awards for excellence in various fields. Ali was in Talgajarda to receive the award from the hands of Morari Bapu.
“The 10 Shiv Sainiks were detained while they were approaching the venue of Asmita Parva. They were detained at 11:15 AM and taken to Mahuva police station. After the event got over in Talgajarda at around 12 PM, the Shiv Sainiks were released form preventive detention at around 1:30 PM,” Mahuva police inspector Vanraj Manjariya said.
Police said that the gazal singer had reached Talgajarda late on Thursday night to receive the award. In fact, he was scheduled to perform at the four-day Asmita Parva early this week. But that event was cancelled as Ali was not available.
Superintendent of police (SP) of Bhavnagar, Dipankar Trivedi said the event passed off without any disruption. “Ghulam Ali had come to Mahuva to receive Hanumant award. Some Shiv Sainiks who were protesting were detained. Now they have been released and Ali has left Bhavnagar,” Trivedi told The Indian Express.
Ali has, as a matter of fact, has visited Talgajarda couple of times before this and has even performed at the Asmita Parva and there have been no protest. But Shiv Sena had protested against his proposed concerts in Mumbai in 2015 and early this year forcing organisers to cancel them eventually. This has sparked similar protests in other parts of the country.
Besides Ali, danseuse and actress Hema Malini was among others who were conferred with Hanumant award on Friday.