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The News Minute | August, 23, 2014 | 8.59 pm IST Chikmaglur district police on Saturday arrested 10 people for bursting crackers celebrating Kannada literary giant U R Ananthamurthy’s death. They have been granted bail. Around an hour after news of Ananthamurthy’s death spread on Friday, several people allegedly from the Hindu Jagrana Vedike and BJP burst crackers in Mudigere town in Chikmaglur district. The Mudigere police registered a suo moto case for bursting crackers unlawfully in a public place. A similar scene was witnessed in Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada district where activists allegedly of the Bajrang Dal and other groups burst crackers in four places. Kadri police too registered a case suo moto, but no arrests have been made so far. Read: Karnataka police register two cases against right-wing activists for bursting crackers celebrating U R Ananthamurthy's death Mudigere Inspector Ananthapadmabha told The News Minute that police had arrested 10 persons including one each from the Hindu Jagrana Vedike and the Bajrang Dal. He could not immediately recall their names. The arrested include Praveen Poojary, Prasanna, Bharat, Anil, and Bharat.  Several organizations in Mangalore protested the bursting of crackers including the Democratic Youth Federation of India, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (B Krishnappa faction), Students Federation of India, cultural organization Samudaya. Writers such as Sara Abookaker, head of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Association Narendra Nayak  also joined in the protest. They submitted a memorandum to Commissioner of Police R Hitendra, demanding that the government book the offenders under the Goonda Act for “insulting” a literary icon who had been recognised by the state and central governments through several awards.