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The Indian Herald

January 17, 2009

MNS' mistreatment of Pak comedian condemned

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers' act of forcing Pakistani comedian Shakil Siddiqui out of the studio, has caused outrage among artistes and citizens alike.

Flute maestro Pt Hari Prasad Chaurasia was livid and disapproved of the act. "They mistreated a guest", he said. Chaurasia said that involvement of a few Pakistani misguided persons in terrorism, doesn't mean that one should start behaving in this puerile manner.

Director Mahesh Bhatt sought apology from Siddiqui for the misbehaviour. The artistes are also angry that the same MNS led by Raj Thackeray was invisible when Mumbai was attacked by terrorists.

Earlier the party was attacking non-Marathis and is again resuming the same agenda. Even Maharashtra Home Minister Jayant Patil, who belongs to ruling Congress, has received flak for his statement that appeared to condone the act.

The stand up comedy artiste, Shakeel Siddiqui, has been a regular feature on comedy shows on television and is quite popular for his wit and unique comic style. He was forced out of the studio in Andheri where he was shooting, and taken to airport.

TIH Bureau

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