Belthangady, Mar 12, 2015: A youth identified as Naveen K Gowda(25) from Rekhya village near Enjira in Belthangady taluk was arrested by the police on March 11, Wednesday for allegedly spreading defamatory and malicious messages through social sites regarding Dharmasthala Temple and its Dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade.
The arrested person is an autorickshaw driver and he used to reportedly post Whatsapp and Facebook messages defaming the Temple and the management. Police investigations revealed that the messages were sent through his cell phone. He is to be produced before court on March 12, Thursday
The police acted after some people including Dhanakeerthi Ariga and Rajendra Das filed complaints. Sources said police are searching for some more people likely to have been involved in the act.
In the meantime, the authorities have blocked some pages in Facebook where malicious messages and posts have been found.