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Muthalik among 356 held across Karnataka

Karnataka Bureau

Preventive arrests on eve of Valentine’s Day in the light of threats

Home Minister V.S. Acharya holds high-level meeting

Bangalore City police take into custody 130 people

BANGALORE: The Karnataka police, in the light of the threats and counter-threats issued by various organisations over the celebration of Valentine’s Day, have detained 356 people in various parts of the State including Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik.

The police operations commenced even as State Home Minister V.S. Acharya presided over a high-level meeting with senior officials of the Home Department and the police in Bangalore.

Most of those taken into preventive custody have been described as “known anti-social elements” and the drive was expected to continue through the night.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) A.R. Infant was monitoring the police operations here while Director General and Inspector General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh was overseeing the operations at Mangalore.

In a crackdown on the top leadership of the Sri Ram Sene, the Gulbarga police took Pramod Muthalik, the Sene’s State Margadarshik Mandal chief and Karuneshwar Mutt chief Sri Siddalinga Swami, State convenor of the Sene Ishwar Singh Thakur, and a Sene activist Shashikant Dikshit into preventive custody. All the four were picked up while they were returning to Gulbarga from Humnabad in Bidar district after participating in a marriage function.

In the Dakshin Kannada district, officials of the District Crime Intelligence Bureau (DCIB) took Prasad Attavar, State co-convener of the Sri Rama Sene and three other activists into preventive custody. Mr. Attavar and others were taken into custody after Mr. Attavar addressed a press conference at a hotel. Bangalore City police have detained 130 people.

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