Bangalore: The main culprit behind the Mangalore homestay attack has been arrested and booked under the Goonda Act, Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka said on Saturday.
Subhash Padeel has been booked under the stringent Act, Ashoka, who holds the Home and Transport portfolio, told reporters on the sidelines of a function.
So far 23 persons, including Padeel (who is the city coordinator of Hindu Jagarana Vedike), have been arrested in connection with the July 28 incident, he said.
Thirteen students, including five girls, attending a birthday at the homestay on the outskirts of Mangalore were targeted by alleged activists of `Hindu Jagarana Vedike` who accused them of indulging in "immoral activities".
Television footage also showed the activists misbehaving with the girls and assaulting some of them. The episode triggered widespread public outrage.
Ashoka also said select police officials and personnel are proposed to be trained by the Border Security Force to deal with threats from naxal and terrorism front.