Ban on Muthalik to enter Goa extended till mid-March

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 15 January 2016 21:56 IST

Goa has once again extended ban on Pramod Muthalik or his Ram Sene members from entering Goa, for two more months.

Unlike in September last year, when the ban was extended by four months, this time the district collectors have been banned his entry for 60 more days, from 16 January.

On 31 August, the Supreme Court had upheld the high court order, which Muthalik had challenged, rejecting his petition to strike down the ban order.

The apex court, while rejecting his plea, had told Muthalik that Goa does not need his moral policing but Goans are capable enough to taking care of their interest.

"Sri Ram Sene activists barge into a pub and beat up boys and girls. We are sorry for the time being. Come after six months," the court had told him, reminding him the manner in which his Ram Sene people had dragged out boys and girls from pubs in Mangalore in 2009.

 

When Muthalik announced to enter Goa with his Ram Sene, the then Congress government had banned Muthalik’s entry into Goa.

Later, after the BJP came to power in March 2012, the right wing extremist had entered Goa and had announced to open first Ram Sene branch by inviting then BJP chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Goan youth had then come together by starting a Facebook page and then marching to the then chief minister’s bungalow, demanding ban on his entry. Parrikar had then banned his entry.

While his entry was later relaxed, Muthalik came back to Goa in 2014 at a Hindu Sammelan and announced to curb pub culture and free lifestyle of Goa by opening branches.

Following this, Muthalik and Ram Sene have been banned in Goa since 19 August 2014.

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