A year after it was attacked by two armed terrorists who randomly sprayed bullets on its unsuspecting customers, Café Leopold was under attack again on Tuesday.
This time it was from the members of the Shiv Sena.
A group of Sena workers staged a violent agitation outside the popular south Mumbai hangout, protesting against mugs that the café has created to commemorate the first anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks.
These mugs, which had bullet marks painted on them with words of praise for the National Security Guards, were being sold by the cafe for Rs 300 each.
The Sainiks were upset with the cafe for ‘commercialising’ the incident by selling these beer-filled mugs to their customers.
Around 4.30 pm, a group of about 20 Shiv Sena workers led by local leader Pandurang Sakpal barged into the café and slapped an employee.
“They are playing with the sentiments of the martyrs who gave up their life fighting terrorists,” Sakpal said.
Farhang Jehani, the owner of Café Leopold, was not available for comment despite several efforts to get in touch with him. Neither did Jehani reply to text messages or telephone calls.
The police rushed to the spot and managed to bring the situation under control.
Officials of the Colaba police station have arrested nine workers of the Shiv Sena who were later released after being fined for the offence.
The Sena workers claimed that the café had later withdrawn the sale of the mugs.
This, however, could not be confirmed with the management of Café Leopold.
Located across the road from Colaba police station, Café Leopold was one of the first spots to be attacked on November 26 by two gunmen killing 11 people, including two foreigners.