Kerala writer Kamal Chavara alleges attack a day after he burnt his book
He burnt a copy of the book in protest against �continuing police harassment� and the police�s reluctance to withdraw the sedition charge against him
A day after Malayalam writer-activist Kamal C Chavara alias Kamalsy Prana publicly burnt a copy of his novel Smashanangalude Notepusthakam in Kozhikode in Kerala, the writer has alleged that he was attacked by a man claiming to be a Sangh Parivar member on Sunday.
He told The Hindu that the incident took place at a bar at Karanthur in Kozhikode, where the attacker approached him asking if he was the same Kamalsi who had burnt his book publicly on Saturday.
When he said yes, the attacker is alleged to have abused him verbally and then slapped and pushed him. The writer was admitted to the Government General Hospital in Kozhikode.
He said the attacker seemed drunk and had threatened to attack Kamal again if he left the place.
The Kunnamangalam police, who took the attacker into custody, described the incident as a drunken brawl. They had not received any complaint and no case was registered.
Meanwhile, Kamal alleged that he had been receiving several threats from Sangh Parivar outfits ever since he was arrested on a sedition charge almost a month ago. “I was a strong critic of the Communist Party a while ago. Whatever is happening is not just party vendetta. I feel they have joined hands with the Sangh Parivar,” he told The Hindu.
On December 17, the writer was arrested on a sedition charge based on a complaint filed in Kollam district. The case related to sedition over a Facebook comment taken from his book Smashanangalude Notepusthakam.
He burnt a copy of the book in protest against ‘continuing police harassment’ and the police’s reluctance to withdraw the sedition charge against him.