The Karnataka police on Thursday have detained former Sri Ram Sene activist Prasad Attavar over an inflammatory Facebook post in Mangalore, according to reports.

The police have reportedly interrogated Attavar in Mangalore in connection with the recent murder of Kannada scholar Malleshappa M Kalburgi.

However, the activist has claimed that his Facebook account was hacked, reports said.

Earlier, Bajrang Dal co-convenor Bhuvit Shetty was arrested in Mangalore's Buntwal area over a threatening tweet about writer and rationalist KS Bhagwan, just hours after Kalburgi was killed.

MM Kalburgi, the former vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi, was shot dead by two unidentified men on 30 August at his Kalyan Nagar residence in Dharwad district, 430km north of Karnataka capital Bengaluru.

The Hubli-Dharwad police on Wednesday, 2 September, released the sketches of two suspected shooters of the scholar.

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