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13 December 2017 Last updated 49 minutes ago

Mumbai: MNS workers protest at Zara clothing store for selling Pakistani clothing

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Political workers from India's right-wing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party barged into an outlet of Zara, a popular Spanish clothing brand, in a Mumbai mall and demanded the showroom be shut down as it sold clothes made in Pakistan, the Hindustan Times reported.

The workers were led by MNS Vice President Rita Gupta, said they wanted the store selling Pakistani products to be shut as a protest against Pakistan for sentencing the Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for involvement in espionage and sabotage activities in Karachi and Balochistan.

Expressing displeasure, Gupta claimed Jadhav had been "unjustly prosecuted... and here we have shops dedicating sections to selling Pakistani clothes. This is simply not acceptable."

The article further reported Gupta as saying that her party will resort to "its style if the clothes were not discarded".

Jadhav, who hails from Mumbai, was arrested on March 3, 2016, in a counter-intelligence operation in Balochistan's Mashkel area for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan.

The charges he faced included spying for India, working against Pakistan’s integrity, sponsoring terrorism in the country and attempting to destabilise the state.

The Hindustan Times further reported that the MNS has been "aggressive" in the last few days, "putting up hoardings across the city, pleading for action against Pakistan on the Jadhav issue".

The management of the showroom had not commented on the incident at the time the report was filed, the paper further said.