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Punjabi writer Ajmer Singh Aulakh returns Sahitya Akademi award

He says, the issues and incidents have been increasing since the BJP govt is in power

ANI  |  Ludhiana 

Writers and poets returning awards to protest intolerance

returned his award on Tuesday.

"I returned the Award because writers are being attacked and killed to suppress their expressions," he said.

News agency ANI quoted Aulakh as saying, "I am protesting against the Prime Minister's silence over the recent killing of a man in Dadri, over rumours of cow slaughter and the murder of author M M Kalburgi."

He also said that the issues and incidents have been increasing since the government is in power.

"It is not necessary to mark the protest against growing intolerance by returning awards, people can protest in other ways also but I had this award and choose to return it to join the protest," he added.

Several prominent writers have returned their awards to protest against the government's 'silence' over the killing of writer MM Kalburgi and the 'rising intolerance' in the country.

First Published: Tue, October 13 2015. 18:35 IST