Close on the heels of the controversy surrounding author Perumal Murugan's work "Mathorubagan", an upcoming writer in Karur was allegedly assaulted by members of a particular community accusing him of making some derogatory references in his novel.
'Puliyur' Murugesan was roughed up by for allegedly making some derogatory references in his work 'Balachandran Enra Peyarum Enakkundu' (Balachandran is also my name) yesterday, police said.
Peeved by the alleged derogatory references, some local people roughed him up but "he is alright," a senior police official told PTI.
"He is alright. There are no issues," he said adding the matter was being probed.
Police said that some of the members belonging to the particular community had also staged a road blockade and demanded that the government ban the book.
The incident comes close on the heels of author Perumal Murugan episode, where locals aided by some groups had opposed his alleged derogatory references to Tiruchengode area.
Irked by the opposition and after having tendered an unconditional apology in a conciliatory meeting convened by local authorities, he had retreated into a self-imposed exile, declaring on Facebook that the 'Writer Perumal Murugan is dead', sparking concerns for freedom of expression.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) criticised the attack on Murugesan, saying a writer cannot be assaulted for his work, and urged the state government to provide him protection.
CPI(M) state unit secretary G Ramakrishnan condemned the attack and said if one did not accept the views expressed by an author, he could be criticised for the same, but not attacked physically as it amounts to depriving him of his freedom of expression.
The government should provide protection to him and take action against those who assaulted him, he said.