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One killed in Indian protest against Bangladesh writer

Taslima Nasreen
Ms Nasreen's work still angers Muslims

Police opened fire in India's Karnataka state to disperse Muslims protesting at an article by controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen.

At least one person was killed in the violence in Shimoga district after the article appeared in a local daily.

Ms Nasreen fled her native Bangladesh in 1994 when a book she wrote attracted death threats. Muslims said she had offended their feelings.

She left India in 2008 after protests by Muslims and went to live in Sweden.

Some 15 people were injured in Monday's violence in Karnataka, and several shops and vehicles set on fire.

As well as the unrest in Shimoga, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's home district, there was also violence in the town of Hassan.

Police have stepped up security in the state capital Bangalore and elsewhere.

A curfew has been announced until Wednesday.

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