Mangalore: In fresh violent protest against an article purportedly written by Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, a petrol bomb was hurled on the office of the Kannada daily that published it and an eveninger attacked in Mangalore on Tuesday night.
Miscreants forced their way into the building housing the office of New Indian Express and its sister publication 'Kannada Prabha', which published the article on 'Burqa' tradition on its Sunday magazine section, and hurled the petrol bomb.
They also threatened the staff of the daily with "dire consequences" if it carried any more such "offensive" articles, police said.
The building housing the two newspapers was guarded by a few policemen. The attackers managed to escape.
The office of 'Jai Kirana', a local English eveninger, was stoned, police said.
At least seven computers were damaged in the attack on the Kannada daily office which occurred even as Shimoga, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's home town, showed signs of returning to normalcy after Monday's protests that left two persons dead, including one in police firing.
Curfew was extended till Wednesday in Shimoga by authorities who also continued prohibitory orders in another trouble-hit town of Hassan where Rapid Action Force has been deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
Curfew was relaxed in Shimoga from 7 am till 8:30 am on Wednesday when people come out in large numbers to buy essential items.
An FIR had already been registered against the Kannada daily for publishing the article which the Muslim protesters said hurt their religious sentiments.
Story first published:
March 03, 2010 08:38 IST