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Taslima Nasrin forced to abandon trip over Islamists' protests

  • Published at 06:51 pm July 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:09 pm July 30th, 2017
Taslima Nasrin forced to abandon trip over Islamists' protests
Bangladeshi-born author Taslima Nasrin was sent back from the airport in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra to Mumbai after protests by a group of people against her visit to the city, the Hindu reports quoting police on Sunday. Taslima landed at the Chikalthana Airport in a flight from Mumbai. Police stopped the author from stepping out of the airport, where a crowd had gathered chanting “Taslima Go Back” slogans. Rahul Shrirame, a deputy commissioner of Aurangabad police, said taslima was sent back to Mumbai by the next flight to avoid any “law and order problem” in the city. The author was advised to abandon her visit to the city and she agreed to go back, the police officer said. [arve url="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FIndiaToday%2Fvideos%2F10156161022562119%2F&show_text=0&width=560"/] Protesters had also gathered outside a hotel where Taslima was to stay during her three-day visit. Police said they learned that the writer was planning to visit the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora besides other tourist spots in Aurangabad.
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The protest at the airport was led by Imtiyaz Jaleel, a leader of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader in Aurangabad. Jaleel said her writings have “hurt” the religious sentiments of Muslims across the world. “We will not allow her to step on the soil of our city,” he said. Last month, the Indian central government extended her visa for one year, with effect from July 23, 2017. Nasrin, a naturalised citizen of Sweden, has been getting Indian visa on a continuous basis since 2004. The author is living in exile since she left Bangladesh in 1994 in the wake of threats to her by fundamentalist groups.