The Belagavi police have arrested Ratnaprasad Pawar and five others who misbehaved with them during the ‘black day’ observed by Maharashtra Ekikarana Samithi (MES) demanding to include Belagavi in Maharashtra. The accused also had burnt Kannada flags, amounting to violations of rules.

 

Accordingly, the accused Ratnaprasad Pawar, Mahesh, Sachin, Yashodha, Ramachandra and Datta have been lodged in Belagavi’s Hindalga Jail.

 

A complaint was filed under various sections of The Arms Act at the Market Police Station against Ratnaprasad Pawar, a member of MES. He was absconding from two days after his gun stint during the protest procession on November 1 in Belagavi.

 

The police had voluntarily filed the case against Pawar as he was protesting against the programme organised by the government.

 

Earlier, the police had questioned Pawar’s parents on Wednesday. But they did not reveal any information regarding their son’s whereabouts, said sources.

 

However, a complaint was filed against MES activists in Shahapur too for misbehaving with the police during Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations on November 1. But no action was taken to arrest the accused till Thursday afternoon.

 

Meanwhile, Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar has warned of strict action against people trying to threaten the establishment with guns.

 

Speaking at a programme in Shivamogga, he said, “Karnataka will never be a place where people can roam around threatening others with guns if anyone has committed such an act will be punished severely.”