Hindu Sena activists detained

New Delhi: Several Hindu Sena activists, including its chief Vishnu Gupta, were detained by police today when they were on their way to allegedly disrupt a music launch event of film ‘Ghar Wapsi’, starring Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, here.

The activists were detained at Ashoka Road around 2 PM as they were heading towards the music launch event venue in Royal Plaza Hotel in Connaught Place, a senior police officer said.

They were put in a bus and taken to a police station in New Delhi district.

Hindu Sena chief Gupta had allegedly threatened the film’s director Suhaib Ilyasi, who lodged a complaint at Connaught Place police station yesterday, the officer added.

In his complaint to the police, Ilyasi said he received a “threat call” from Gupta on his cell phone. He sought police protection for himself and his family and security cover for the event scheduled.

Gupta, meanwhile, had claimed the film was “anti-Hindu” and said, “We have sought cancellation of its music launch. We have decided to protest against it.”

The music release of ‘Ghar Wapsi’ had to be cancelled in January following Shiv Sena’s opposition in Mumbai. Ali, 75, had cancelled his visit to Mumbai for the music launch following threat of disruption by Shiv Sena.

Ali, whose several concerts in India had to be cancelled last year following Shiv Sena threats, is making his acting debut with the Hindi feature film.