Controversial television personality Tarek Fatah was involved in a fracas at the Jashn-e-Rekhta festival in Delhi on Sunday. The Pakistan-born writer got into an altercation with a group of over 40 attendees who then shouted slogans and demanded that he be removed from the premises. Police personnel were called in to escort Fatah out of the venue. The incident took place on the final day of the three-day festival.
People who were present at the event told Scroll.in that Fatah had referred to some of the youngsters in the group as “jihadis”, which led to the protests. “If you say things against a certain religion, its people will naturally get angry,” said Shakeb Ahmad, one of the protestors.
Fatah has denied the allegations that he provoked the protests. “A bunch of Muslim goons, a mob, attacked me when I was signing autographs,” he said. “The police, instead of catching the others, wanted to throw me out.” Fatah also accused the police of manhandling him.