New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident, a Kannada writer Yogesh Master’s face was smeared with black ink in Bengaluru for allegedly defaming Hindu gods and goddesses in his novels. The incident took place when 8-9 persons reportedly belong to the right wing Hindu Jagaran Vedike group attacked the writer while he was having tea at a stall near Bapuji Dental College, Davanagere superintendent of police Bhimashankar Guled informed news agency PTI. .
“Yogesh, the author of controversial Kannada novel “Dundhi,” was there to attend a book release function organised by Gauri ‘Lankesh Patrike,’ a Kannada tabloid. The official said that the activists shouted “Jai Sri Ram” and ran away. They also warned Yogesh of dire consequences for writing against Hindu gods. Meanwhile, two persons have been arrested so far.
As per the reports of leading daily, The Deccan Chronicle, the incident triggered a protest by progressive writers and activists demanding a strict action against the accused and thorough investigation into the case. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also expressed his shock over the incident and said that instructions had been given to the Davangere police to take stern action against the accused.
“They used foul language and pulled my hair. It was a physical attack that left a deep mental impact,” the writer said, adding that he could easily identify most of the men.
Master was arrested in 2013 after a complaint was filed against him for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus by depicting Lord Ganesha in poor light in his novel “Dhundi”.
However, this is not the first when Yogesh Master has created controversy. Earlier in August 2013, the writer was arrested after local Hindu outfits lodged a complaint against him for allegedly hurting the Hindus’ sentiments by depicting Lord Ganesha in poor light in his novel ‘Dhundi’.
(With inputs from agencies)