New Delhi: Controversial television personality, Tarek Fatah manhandled at the Jashn-e-Rekhta festival in Delhi on Sunday.
On the final day of the three-day festival, a group of over 40 attendees shouted slogans and demanded that Tarek Fatah be removed from the premises. Following the incident, police personnel were called in.
Talking to the media, people present at the event said that protests started after Fatah had referred to some of the youngsters in the group as “jihadis”.
According to the news published in Scroll.in, the organisers of the event said Fatah had not been officially invited to the event, but had gone there in personal capacity.
However, Fatah talking to Times Now said, “A few people at the Urdu festival came to me for autographs and pictures. This upset some people there. Very soon, orchestrated group of around 100 people surrounded me. They were kicking me and beating me up from all sides. I was all alone in this. The organisers instead of intervening stayed away. And, the police instead of stopping those who were attacking me, tried to throw me out of the festival. People talk about freedom of expression but when it comes to reality, their fascism and contempt for difference of opinion is quite evident”.