Writer and intellectual Dr Kancha Ilaiah ran into a police station after protesting Vysya community members allegedly threw footwear at him in Warangal district of Telangana, police said. Ilaiah, 64, has been under fire from the Vysyas for the allegedly offensive contents of his book Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu (Vysyas are Social Smugglers).
The alleged incident took place near the Dr B R Ambedkar statue in Parkal town. “Ilaiah was in Parkal to attend a function when Vysya community members stopped him. Some people allegedly threw chappals at him and he ran into the police station for protection. The protesters were dispersed and he has returned to Hyderabad,’’ Parkal police station inspector J Narsimhalu said.
Vysya associations have been protesting against Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu, alleging that the book’s title and contents were derogatory and offensive to the community. They want the book to be withdrawn.