Kannada daily's office vandalised over Taslima article

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 03, 2010 02:56 hrs

Bangalore: The office of regional daily Kannada Prabha in the coastal Karnataka town of Mangalore was vandalised late on Tuesday by a group of masked men protesting the publication of an article based on the writings of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, police said.

A petrol bomb thrown at the office caused a minor fire but none of the employees of the Kannada daily were hurt, a police spokesperson said.

The masked men entered the office located on the first floor in central Mangalore, damaged computers and furniture and left after threatening the employees against publishing such articles. The staff was not attacked, the spokesperson said.

Never wrote for any Kannada daily: Taslima

The attack took place between 9.30 p.m and 10.15 p.m., police said. Stones were pelted at the offices of an evening Kannada daily also in Mangalore, he said.

The publication of an article on the veil based on the writing of Nasreen by Kannada Prabha on Sunday led to riots in two districts on Monday and left two people dead in Shimoga, one in police firing to quell the violence, and another in a mob attack.

A three-day curfew is in force in Shimoga, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's hometown, about 280 km from here. The situation was peaceful in the town on Tuesday, according to police.

There was violence in Hassan town also on Monday. Police has imposed prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more persons at a place.

Two die in protests against Taslima Nasreen's article

Hassan, about 180 km from here and hometown of Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Deve Gowda, was near normal on Tuesday, police said in Bangalore.

Police have booked cases against Kannada Prabha and an Urdu daily from Bangalore that Monday published a commentary on the article.

Both the dailies Tuesday published an apology on the front page Tuesday.