Sunburn Music Festival, Asia’s largest electronic music festival, was targeted by Hindu extremists according to government officials. The festival in Prune was targeted last year by a group of far-right extremists, allegedly in the Sanatan Sanstha Hindu group.
In the court case, alleged reasons for the targeting was that the festival was “against Hindu culture.” The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad made these claims against Sudhanva Godnhalekar and Vaibhav Raut, who were two out of the five men charged for terrorism. Police allege that the group was also involved in petrol bombing cinema halls for films deemed offensive. In the report, they also planned to attack particular journalists and authors.
Last year, the festival headlined major acts such as Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and DJ Snake. The behemoth event began in 2007, and was held in Goa until 2015, when the venue moved to Prune.
Sunburn plans to resume this December 2018. The shutting down of the event has been discussed by local government for “maligning the state’s image” in 2017.
H/T: DJ Mag