In a tragic incident some miscreants had set ablaze a public library that had a collection of 11,000 books, including 3,000 copies of Bhagavad Gita in Mysuru on Friday 9 April.
The library was run by Syed Isaaq, a 62-year-old daily wage labourer which gives free access to everyone. The man had gained quite popularity among Rajiv Nagar and Shanti Nagar's residents after setting up the library. The library was there for last ten years.
Isaaq himself belongs from an underprivileged background and was deprived of education. He worked as a bonded labourer before taking up the job of an Under Ground Drainage (UGD) cleaner. He had set up the library to inculcate reading habits among the people and also encourage them to learn Kannada. In a day, the library has footfall of over 100-150 people.
Nearly 85% of the books in his library collection were in Kannada, while several were English and Urdu. After this incident, Isaaq approached the Udayagiri police station and lodged a complaint against the miscreants. Police have filed an FIR under the IPC section 436 and have launched an investigation.