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The News Minute | March 5, 2015 | 10.30 am IST Christian groups and others staged a demonstration in Mangaluru on Wednesday condemning the statements of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa and the comments posted on Facebook that allegedly hurt their sentiments. The same day, Mangaluru police had arrested a man for making "extremely vulgar” comments on Facebook and allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The Indian Christian Youth Movement had lodged the complaint on the basis of which, police arrested a youth from Bengaluru.  Sriram Yedapadithaya had posted comments on Mangaluru-based news portal Daijiworld.com on Sunday, in response to a news report on Sadhvi Balika Saraswati visiting the Kadri temple in the city, titled “Mangaluru: Ghar Wapsi not a big issue: Sadhvi Balika Saraswati at Kadri Temple”. He later apologized for his comments. The India Christian Youth Movement had subsequently lodged a complaint with the Pandeshwar police, who have registered a case under Section 66A of the IT Act. They also submitted memorandums to the Police Commissioner S Murugan and the Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, saying that Yedapadithaya's comments were an attack on the Christian community. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Santhosh Babu told The News Minute that he has been arrested and sent to judicial custody. He said that according to law, the investigating officer required permission to arrest a person booked under Section 66A of the IT, and given the nature of the comments which were “unprovoked” and “extremely vulgar”, he had given permission for the arrest. Babu said that Yedapadithaya was working in Bengaluru, where he was arrested and brought to Mangaluru.  The speakers condemned Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa and also the speech made by Sadhvi Balika Saraswati at the Virat Hindu Samajotsava held in the city on March 1. One of the speakers at the protest also challenged those who alleged that Christians were converting people to furnish proof of the same. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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