Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Friday described as anti-democratic, blackening of the face of Sri Rama Sene leader Pramod Mutalik and demanded the arrest of suspected youth Congress activists behind the incident.
"The attack is indeed anti-democratic and lawless, even if Mutalik has indulged in similar actions earlier in Mangalore," Swamy said; in an apparent reference to Sene activists assaulting women in a pub in Mangalore in 2008.
In a statement in Chennai, he said no one should be allowed to take the law into their hands and engage in 'vigilante justice' and demanded the arrest of youth Congress leaders allegedly behind the incident under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
He also expressed "surprise" at Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan's statement that security cover for Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray would be withdrawn if he opposed the screening of the Shahrukh Khan starrer 'My Name Is Khan', saying "security is given on objective grounds of threat perception" and after being decided by the Home Ministry.
He termed Chavan's statement as 'irresponsible' and demanded a public apology from him.