Aurangabad: Controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen was sent back from Aurangabad airport to Mumbai after protests by MIM supporters against her visit to the city, police said on Sunday.
Nasreen had landed at Chikalthana Airport late on Saturday evening by a flight from Mumbai. Police stopped the author from stepping out of the airport, where a crowd had gathered shouting slogans like ‘Taslima Go Back’. The protest was led by Imtiyaz Jaleel, the MIM legislator from Aurangabad central constituency.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Rahul Shrirame said Nasreen was sent back to Mumbai by the next flight to avoid ‘law and order problems’. The author was advised to abandon her visit to the city and she agreed to go back, the police officer said.
Protesters had also gathered outside a hostel where Nasreen was to stay during her three-day visit. 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.
Police said they had come to know that the writer was planning to visit the world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, besides other tourist spots.
Last month, the Union home ministry hs extended her visa for one year, with effect from July 23, 2017.
Nasreen, a 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.