Kasuri book launch row: Shiv Sainiks smear black paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni's face

Kulkarni is the chairman of Observer and Research Foundation, a foreign policy think tank, which has organised today's event.​

Kasuri book launch row: Shiv Sainiks smear black paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni's face
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Mumbai: In a shameful incident, Shiv Sainiks smeared black paint on Sudheendra Kulkarni's face over his refusal to back down from organising the launch of a book written by former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

Kulkarni, the chairman of Observer and Research Foundation, a foreign policy think tank, which has organised today's event, met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence Matoshree here late last night.

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However, Kulkarni failed to convince the Sena leader to stop protests against Kasuri.

Today morning, Kulkarni's car was stopped by a group of Shiv Sainiks just outside his residence. Kulkarni got out of the car to talk to them.

The Sainiks, who had come prepared, refused to engage in a conversation and smeared black paint on Kulkarni's face.

Speaking to a news channel, Kulkarni said that they abused him and shouted slogans.

A determined Kulkarni added, “We are indeed going ahead with the event, we are not deterred by these things

Before stepping out of his residence this morning, Kulkarni had tweeted:

Maharashtra's home department, headed by BJP Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has assured the organisers of full security cover.