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Sena men attack Husain exhibition in Delhi

The activists manage to enter the India International Centre Art Gallery despite heavy police presence, and damage two of his works on display.

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2007 17:54 IST

Shiv Sena activists on Thursday attacked an exhibition of paintings by acclaimed painter MF Husain in the capital, damaging two of his works on display.

The activists managed to enter the 'Art Gallery' at the famous India International Centre here, despite heavy police presence at the venue and prior information of Shiv Sainiks planning to attack the exhibition.

Two Sainiks entered the hall in the guise of visitors to watch the 'India in the Era of Mughals' exhibition at around 4 pm. They shouted slogans against the artist and damaged the frames of two paintings.

One of the damaged paintings depicted Emperor Akbar and was priced at Rs 1.5 lakh. The second painting suffered minor damage as police overpowered them when they tried to damage it.

The activists shouted slogans like 'Balasaheb (Bal Thackeray) Zindabad', 'Shiv Sena Zindabad' and 'MF Husain Murdabad' besides distributing pamphlets, which threatened to disrupt any exhibition of Husain in the country.

They were later taken to the police station.