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MEMBERS OF PRO-KANNADA ORGANISATIONS ARRESTED

HUBBALLI: The Sub-urban police arrested six persons on charges of trying to forcibly collect money from a firm, as donation for Akhila Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelana. They were allegedly trying to collect money in the name of pro-Kannada organisations.

The arrested have been identified as Manjunath Luthimath, Kumar Patil, Prakash Nayak, Papu Dhare, Shivaji Dembre and Balachandra Luthimath.

According to a report, they tried to extort Rs one lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh from Saral Vaastu firm at IT Park here, threatening that a protest would be staged, police said, mentioning the complaint.

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