Shimoga, Hassan tense; Newspaper offices attacked

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Shimoga, Hassan tense; Newspaper offices attacked
Bangalore, Mar 3: Situation continues to be tense in Karnataka as two newspaper offices were attacked by miscreants on Tuesday, Mar 2, in protest against the publication of the controversial article by Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

Police said that the office of 'Kannada Prabha', which published the translation of the article on ''burqa'' tradition purportedly written by Nasreen, and that of an eveninger 'Jai Kirana' were attacked by protestors.

According to police the miscreants forced their way into the office building of Kannada Prabha, which had few policemen on duty, and threw a petrol bomb and threatened the staff of dire consequences if any of 'such offensive articles' is published in newspaper in the future.

The petrol bomb attack on Kannada Prabha damaged atleast seven computers.

The attackers managed to flee from the scene before the police could reach the spot. Investigation into the incident is going on.

In another attack, stones were pelted at the Jai Kirana office by protestors.

On Mar 1, around 1500 Muslims took to the streets in Shimoga and Hassan in protest against an artcile written by the controversial writer Taslima Nasreen on burqa.

The incident turned violent as protestors started pelting stones at vehicles.

Two persons were killed and 25 were injured in the violence. Curfew has been clamped in Shimoga, while prohibitory orders have been imposed in Hassan.

On Mar 2, Nasreen has denied writing the article, callling it to be a deliberate attempt to malign her.

However, the newspaper maintained that the article was a translated version of  an old article of the writer.

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