Progressive writer's face smeared with black oil in Karnataka

Yogesh Master was attacked by eight or nine persons who smeared his face with black oil and fled, when he was having tea at a nearby stall at Davanagere district.

Published: 13th March 2017 04:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2017 10:25 PM   |  A+A-

Kannada writer Yogesh Master's face blackened by unidentified persons in Davanagere. | Picture Courtesy: ANI

By Express News Service

DAVANAGERE: A writer-activist, who authored a controversial Kannada novel, had his face smeared with black oil on Sunday and was threatened of dire consequences if he wrote against Hindu gods, allegedly by right wing activists, said police. District police arrested two people in this connection on Monday.

Yogesh Master, who authored controversial Kannada novel "Dundhi," was at a tea stall when eight to nine persons smeared his face with a kind of pungent smelling oil, and shouted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ before fleeing. He was here to attend a book release organized by Gauri 'Lankesh Patrike,' a Kannada tabloid which is run by Journalist Gauri Lankesh, said Davanagere Superintendent of Police Bhimashankar Guled.

The participants and organisers, including Gauri Lankesh and CPI State general secretary Siddanagouda Patil, held a protest march to the police station and registered a complaint, said Guled.

The protesters alleged that the attackers were right wing activists and demanded a thorough investigation and stringent action against them, Guled said, adding that several police teams have been formed to probe the matter.

Yogesh Master was arrested in August 2013 after local Hindu outfits lodged a complaint against him for hurting Hindu sentiments by depicting Lord Ganesha in a poor light in 'Dhundi'.

The arrested were identified as Chetan and Shivaprasad, who are members of right-wing group Hindu Jagarana Vedike. Police are on the lookout for the other accused.

(with inputs from Agencies)


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