Row over Taslima article; 2 newspapers’ offices attacked
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 23:49
Mangalore: Offices of a Kannada and an English daily here were attacked on Tuesday by miscreants protesting publication of an article by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

The office of 'Kannada Prabha', which published the translation of the article on 'burqa' tradition purportedly penned by exiled Nasreen, and that of an eveninger 'Jai Kirana' were targeted by the miscreants, police said.

The gang forced its way into the building housing the office of New Indian Express and its sister publication Kannada Prabha, which was being guarded by a few policemen, threw a petrol bomb and threatened the staff with dire consequences if it carried anymore "such offensive articles", police said.

At least seven computers were damaged in the petrol bomb attack on 'Kannada Prabha', they said.

The miscreants managed to flee the spot, they said.

Police have rushed to the spot and are investigating.

Miscreants also pelted stones at the Jai Kirana office.

The Kannada daily on Sunday had published the article, sparking violence in Shimoga and Hassan towns. Two persons died, including one in police firing, when the protest by Muslims turned violent in Shimoga yesterday.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 23:49

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