Public Library Burnt By Miscreants in Mysuru, Leaves thousands of copies of Bhagavad Gita to Ashes

A library run by a daily wage labourer in Mysuru was set on fire on Friday morning by miscreants leaving around 11,000 books to ashes. The books burnt included thousands of copies of Bhagavad Gita, Quran in Kannada and Bible, said Issaq adding that there were attempts to destroy the library multiple times before.

The incident took place at Rajiv Nagar in Udayagiri police station limits where Syed Issaq had set up a library in a tent like structure. The area belongs to Muslim community in the cultural capital of Mysuru.

“The incident took place at around 2:45 am. It looks like the work of some miscreants. We have registered a FIR against unknown persons based on Syed Issaq’s complaint and investigation is on,” a police official who was not authorised to speak on record said.

The FIR has been registered under section 436 of IPC – mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc.

62-year-old Syed who is not formally educated, works as a daily wage labourer cleaning drainage pipes. He set up the library in 2011 to encourage reading habits among people and for his love for Kannada language.