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Taslima Nasreen sent back from Aurangabad after AIMIM-led protest

Jaleel said her writings have hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims across the world

Press Trust of India  |  Aurangabad 

Taslima Nasreen. Photo: Twitter
Taslima Nasreen. Photo: Twitter

Controversial Bangladeshi author was sent back from the airport in to Mumbai after protests by a group of people led by Imtiyaz Jaleel, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) legislator, against her visit to the city, police said in

landed at the Chikalthana Airport last 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".

Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Rahul Shrirame said was sent back to Mumbai by the next flight to avoid any "law and order problem" in this city in central Maharashtra.

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 was to stay during her three-day visit.

Police said they had come to know that the writer was planning to visit the world heritage sites of and besides other tourist spots in

The protest at the airport was led by the legislator from the central constituency.

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 Union home ministry has 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.

First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 13:23 IST