'Convert to Islam within six months': Malayalam author KP Ramanunni receives death threat
The threats came in reply to a newspaper article Ramanunni had written appealing to Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists to stop fighting each other.? Photograph: (Facebook)
Renowned Malayalam writer KP Ramanunni has received a death threat, and the threat that an arm and leg will be chopped off if he does not convert to Islam within six months.
The threats came in the form of any anonymous letter which Ramanunni received six days ago.
The threats came in reply to a newspaper article Ramanunni had written appealing to Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists to stop fighting each other.
"You have put Hinduism and Islam at the same platform in the garb of being impartial. These kinds of writings will misguide innocent Muslims. Kafiirs, non-believers should be given six months to convert. Those who do not convert should be assassinated," the letter said.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took to Facebook to come to Ramanunni's defence.
"Those who feel that independent voices can be gagged by threats are living in a fool's paradise," Vijayan wrote.
The letter also warned Ramanunni that he would meet the same fate as professor TJ Joseph if he did not convert to Islam.
"Like TJ Joseph, your right arm will be cut off...your left leg too. You are given six months to convert to Islam. If you do not embrace Islam, we will inflict Allah's punishment on you," the letter said.
Joseph's right hand was chopped off in 2010 by members of a radical Muslim outfit because of a question paper he had set.
A novelist and short story writer, Ramanunni, 60, has won the the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and the Vayalar Award.
His debut novel 'Sufi Paranja Katha' -- about the love story of a Muslim man and a Hindu woman -- was also made into a film.