Release of controversial book stalled

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Mysore, Jan 28 (UNI) Angry supporters of Maharashtra Governor S M Krishna today stalled the release of the autobiography of Congress leader H Vishwanath, which allegedly contained some objectionable remarks on the former Karnataka Chief Minister.

The furious supporters, hailing from Mr Krishna's home district of Mandya and Mysore, barged into the venue where the book 'Halli Hakkiya Hadu' was about to be released by Jnanpeeth award winning writer U R Ananthamurthy.

The supporters alleged that the book contained some disturbing portions about Mr Krishna's alleged 'affair' with a Kannada superstar of yesteryears.

Trouble started when the supporters, led by MLC G Made Gowda, strongly objected to the release of the book and demanded immediate stalling of the function. They removed the banners and cut outs of the former minister and burnt them outside the venue.

Police had to resort to a mild lathi charge to disperse the arguing Congress workers of both groups.

Meanwhile, Mr Vishwanath and Congress leader V Srinivasprasad arrived at the venue and tried to pacify the workers. Later, the function itself was postponed.

Dr Ananthamurthy came down heavily on the media which flashed the news about the alleged contents of the book, stating that they had not ascertained facts.

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