Right-wing activist Muthalik, 5 others arrested

Bangalore: Chief of Sri Ram Sene, a right-wing Hindu extremist group, Pramod Muthalik and five of his associates were arrested for assaulting a Bangalore University (BU) official for "delay" in conducting degree examinations.

Muthalik and 25 members barged into the chamber of BU Distant Education Director Niranjan and threatened him of dire consequences if the examination was not held on time, Central DCP G Ramesh said.

Muthalik and his supporters demanded written assurance from BU to hold examination on December 26, but Niranjan declined, he said.

In the melee, one of the associates of Muthalik slapped Niranjan while others damaged the furniture, a TV set and a fax machine in the chamber, Ramesh said.

Muthalik and others were demanding BU to hold examination in Koppal, Bellary, Davangere and Bangalore centres, where it was cancelled after mass copying came to light, the DCP said.

The examination was scheduled on December 14, but was not held on grounds of non-installation of CCTVs at the four centres, Ramesh said.

Niranjan lodged the complaint against Muthalik and five others.