Muthalik on indefinite fast inside jail to protest his arrest


Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik

Efforts to persuade the 46-year-old Muthalik, who stirred a controversy in January with an attack on pub goers in Mangalore by his activists, to take some food have failed since he started his "fast" last night, Jail Superintendent P Mallesh said, adding a doctor has been deputed to monitor his health condition.

A court in Mysore had remanded the right wing leader to judicial custody till August seven and the authorities shifted him to Bellary jail yesterday due to security reasons.

The Sene leader was arrested here on Friday for allegedly making speeches hurting sentiments of a particular community during the Mysore communal clashes in the first week of June which left three persons dead.

On June two, communal clashes broke out in Mysore over the alleged defiling of a madrassa.

Muthalik had alleged that there was "a conspiracy to throw in jail all those who spoke for Hindus.

"As a protest against this, I will go on hunger strike unto death in jail," he had said.
The court will tomorrow hear the bail application moved by Muthalik.

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