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Taslima shifted to ‘safe house’

New Delhi, November 27
Mystery surrounded the whereabouts of controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, who was shifted out of he Rajasthan government’s guest house here past midnight, in the continuing drama ever since she was hounded out of Kolkata last Thursday.

Personnel of the central security agencies woke her up from her sleep well past midnight at her room in the Rajasthan guest house, her temporary abode for the last four days, and asked her to accompany them to a “safe house” in an undisclosed location.

The central government’s action came as political parties indulged in a blame game and Taslima became a hot potato against the backdrop of threats to her from Muslim outfits opposed to her writings.

It also came hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting of the union cabinet. Though the issue of Nasreen was not on the agenda, sources in the government said it was discussed informally after which a decision in this regard is believed to have been taken.

The security personnel showed their identity to the Rajasthan police before whisking the 45-year-old author choosing a time to keep the drama away from the media glare.

Sources declined to disclose the location where she had been taken but it is believed to be somewhere in the periphery of the national capital.

Her cousin, Faizal Kabir, was also accompanying her in the new abode. His visa, which had expired on November 24, has since been extended, the sources said. — PTI

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