Pramod Muthalik, leader of the Sri Rama Sene, the radical Hindu outfit which stormed a pub in Mangalore on Saturday and allegedly beat up and molested some women there, was arrested for a second time on Wednesday evening.
He had earlier been held on Tuesday in a different case. On January 11, members of his outfit were found distributing leaflets with provocative remarks against the minorities in Davangere town in central Karnataka, 260 km from Bangalore. As soon as he was granted conditional bail in this case, he was re-arrested yet again for the pub-related offence.
Curiously no charges have been framed against Muthalik. He was away to Pune when the violence occurred, but justified it as an effort to protect Indian values. “The charges will be framed after we complete the investigation and record his statement,” said IG A.M. Prasad. Of the 50 Ram Sene activists arrested for the attack, 27 have applied for bail and are likely to be released shortly, sources said. The outfit imposed a bandh in Hukkeri in Belgaum district, the town from which Muthalik hails, on Wednesday.