Home Minister K.J. George has defended the arrest of Yogesh Master, author of the controversial Kannada novel Dhundi . As a complaint was registered against the author, the police had to take action, he said. He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating closed-circuit video surveillance system, e-Raksha SMS Centre and traffic signals in Tumkur city on Wednesday. The police would take action on persons and organisations that try to hurt the religious feelings of people, he said, and added that the government would not interfere in this matter. He said the government had given its approval to open 38 new police stations in the State. As many as 8,000 posts in the Police Department would be filled shortly. Minister for Law and district in-charge T.B. Jayachandra and legislators Rafeeq Ahmed and K.N. Rajanna were present. — Staff Correspondent

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