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Tension follows Hindu story

Tension follows Hindu story

Author: Pioneer News Service/Bangalore
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: November 27, 2001

Violence has erupted in several places in Karnataka in the last two days following the publication of a feature in the "Young World" supplement of the Bangalore edition of 'The Hindu.'

Incidents of stone-pelting have been reported in Bangalore city, Gulbarga and Raichur following the publication of the feature by noted cartoonist Keshav in which an incident in the life of Prophet Mohammed was carried with illustration.

The violence continued even after 'The Hindu' carried a front-page apology on Sunday for the inadvertent illustrations. The apology stated that Islamic traditions bar picturization of the Prophet.

In Bangalore, five city transport buses were damaged in the busy K R Market area on Sunday in incidents of stone-throwing by members of a minority community protesting against the feature. Police prevented a mob from setting fire to a bus.

On Saturday, stones were thrown at shops on Tannery Road in the K G Halli police limits.

In Gulbarga city, over 2,000 people gathered and set fire to the copies of the newspaper and shouted slogans against the newspaper on Saturday night. The police acted swiftly and registered cases against the newspaper for disturbing communal harmony.

The copies of the newspaper were burnt in Raichur town. The Raichur SP met the leaders of the community and drew their attention to the apology rendered by the newspaper.In view of the tension prevailing in several parts of the State, the police have stepped up security in sensitive areas.

In the past, the offices of 'Deccan Herald', Karnataka's leading English daily newspaper were attacked by members of a minority community following the publication of a feature which had an offending headline. Nearly three dozen people were killed in the violence which rocked the entire State a decade ago. Mobs were instigated by a leading politician even after the newspaper had apologised for the offending headline.

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