Muthalik held for Mysore riots

Udayagiri police arrested Sri Ram Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik in Belgaum on Friday night in connection with July 2 Mysore riots.

A police team, led by ACP (Devaraja Sub-division) V A Pujar, arrested Muthalik from Guruprasad colony and brought him to Mysore on Saturday. Later, he was produced before the Second JMFC judge Rajesh M Kamte. Muthalik was remanded to judicial custody till August 7.

The judge also reserved his orders on Muthalik's bail plea for July 28, allowing assistant public prosecutor Kalingappa to file the objections, if any.

Muthalik has been booked under sections 295 (desecration of the place of worship) and 153A of IPC (disturbing harmony between two communities).

One of the lawyers of Muthalik said that eight persons, including former Mayor H N Srikantaiah and Venkatesh, husband of former Deputy Mayor Kamala, have been named in the case. But, only Muthalik has been arrested in the case of throwing the carcass of a piglet into the premises of a place of worship.

Tight security

Muthalik was brought to the court amid heavy police bandobust. As a precautionary measure, a posse of police personnel had been deployed around the court hall. He has been lodged at Central Prisons of Mysore.
Inflammatory speech

The police have already arrested three persons in the case. One of the accused Krishna had allegedly confessed to the crime saying that he was inspired by the address of Muthalik that had been arranged at a local leader's house in Kyatamaranahalli, after the first rioting on April 1. Somappa alias Soma and Krishna alias Paper Krishna have also been arrested in connection with this month's trouble. The search is on for another accused Raju.

Meanwhile in Belgaum, activists of Sri Ram Sene held a protest rally in the premises of deputy commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum.

The memorandum said due to political rivalry, police from various police stations in the state have involved Pramod Muthalik in a number of false cases and they were pending before different courts.

It alleged that Muthalik, who was taking rest, was forcibly taken by a large number of policemen from Udyambag and police personnel from Mysore. The way the arrest was effected had created fear in the minds of common man, it claimed.

The activists wanted the deputy commissioner to inquire into the matter and provide protection to Muthalik.

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