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Bengaluru's Karachi Bakery Covers Half Of Its Signboard After Protest Against Its Name

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| February 23 , 2019 , 14:00 IST

Karachi Bakery, a very popular outlet in Bengaluru covered up the 'Karachi' part of its signboard after a group of people assembled outside the shop in protest against its name.

A group of 20 to 25 people had allegedly gathered in front of the bakery  — located in Indiranagar area in the city — and raised slogans demanding that the name of the bakery be changed as it had a connection to Pakistan.

The bakery staff, meanwhile, covered the 'Karachi' part of the signboard.

The Bengaluru (East) Police Control Room confirmed to media that it had received a distress call on Friday evening in connection with a ruckus at Karachi Bakery in Indiranagar, but refused to give any further details.

There were no reports of violence related to the incident. 

Speaking to media, the Karachi Bakery manager, said, "The mob stayed for about half an hour. The men claimed to know people in the army. They thought we were from Pakistan. But we have been using this name for the last 53 years. The owners are Hindus; only the name is 'Karachi'. To satisfy them, we put up the Indian flag."

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Karachi Bakery was founded by Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated to India during the partition in 1947. The bakery’s first outlet was opened in Hyderabad's Mozamjahi Market.

The incident came amid reports of Kashmiris being targeted across India after the deadly Pulwama terror attack where 40 CRPF jawans were killed by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The protesters claimed that they believed Karachi Bakery was a Pakistan-based outlet.