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Curfew In Bangalore

Maybe I should just give up. It’s still three weeks before I leave for India and they can smell me coming. Yesterday, a film star got himself kidnapped on the Tamil Nadu – Karnataka border. Now if this were England or America I wouldn’t worry but it isn’t. The guy has been kidnapped by a perpetual criminal called Veerappan who is apparently some sort to Robin Hood figure to the locals. So they should just sort it out with the police getting no help from the populace? Well yes, but it would seem that film stars are almost deities in India and riots have sprung up in Bangalore to pressure the police to make haste with negotiations. And what’s happened? They’ve put a curfew on the streets of Bangalore [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/south_asia/newsid_859000/859391.stm] instead. Just great.

So besides trying to establish a new magazine with only a few pairs of hands, I now need to avoid the mob roaming the streets baying for blood. It’s not something you really expect when you’re in the UK. Police investigations yes, a repeat of the Brixton riots, no.

Posted on August 2, 2000   #India  

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