Bengaluru, January 22: Panic spread among residents of Gulbarga and Belgaum in Karnataka for the last two weeks as cars were mysteriously set on fire in the middle of the night. But with the arrest of a doctor, the residents and the police will breathe a sigh of relief. Also Read - 'Pubs Are Ruining Youngsters, Shut Them Down in All Districts', Demands Karnataka BJP Chief

On January 17, Ameet Gaikwad, an assistant professor at a local medical college, was arrested after he was caught with flammable substances. He is suspected to be behind these incidents, NDTV reported. Also Read - Bengaluru Riots: No Evidence to Suggest Violence Was Communal in Nature, Says Report by Fact-finding Committee

In the last two weeks, more than 15 cases of parked cars being set ablaze between midnight and 3 AM have been reported in Belgaum and Gulbarga. Also Read - Seeking Divine Intervention! Karnataka Health Minister Writes Letter to Goddess to Make Him Deputy CM

It was the alertness of the security guard working in an apartment that led to the arrest of the doctor. The guard spotted the doctor moving around cars parked in the area and immediately alerted the police, who arrived immediately at Visveswaraya Nagar and questioned Gaikwad.

Unconvinced with his answers, the police searched the doctor’s car and found camphor, engine oil, diesel spirit petrol cans and cloth balls. Gaikwad was immediately taken into the custody.

The police are still investigating his motive behind these incidents, said senior police officer Seema Latkar. She added that he has been seen pouring petrol and other materials to set cars on fire.

Following Gaikwad’s arrest, no such incident has been reported. The last such incident was reported from Jadjav Nagar, when residents spotted eight cars on fire.