Kottayam: Malayalam writer Kamal C. Chavara has set his novel, “Smashanangalude Nottupusthakam,” on fire on Saturday evening in protest against police harassment.
The police had detained him last month for allegedly insulting the national anthem and slapped sedition charges on him. But they let him go after a massive public uproar which also saw CPM veteran and former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan lambast the cops.
Videos of him burning the books were shared on social media by activists.
Addressing a small gathering at Kidson corner in Kozhikode before burning the book, Kamal said his protest was against the CPM-led government in Kerala also. “I wanted to burn the CPM flag. But I'm afraid to do it,” he said on the video.
Meanwhile, the Kerala police issued a statement earlier in the day clarifying that there were no cases or probes against the writer. The police also added that all UAPA ( cases in the state were also being reviewed.
However, Kamal said he went ahead with the book burning because he did not believe the police. He cited the police action against his friend and activist Nadeer K.P, who had been picked up from a hospital where he had come to visit Kamal. The writer pointed out the DGP had earlier said that there was no evidence against Nadeer but the cops named him in an FIR for alleged Maoist links soon after.
Kamal had announced his decision to burn the book on Facebook a few days ago.