Mangalore: Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik has been given conditional bail in the Mangalore pub attack case.
A Mangalore local court granted bail to all 28 Sri Ram Sene (SRS) activists including Convener Prasad Attawar in the case. All the SRS activists were arrested for attacking young girls at a pub in Mangalore on January 24.
Muthalik has been given a conditional bail with the riders that he should not influence with prosecution witnesses.
The court also directed that Muthalik should not involve in such activities any more. He will also have to appear before investigation office Umesh Shet on the first Sunday of every month.
Muthalik described his release as a victory for the agitation against the pub culture.
"This is a victory for all those who are fighting against pub culture in Mangalore. Our agitation has won," said a defiant Muthalik.
"What we have done in Mangalore is a big success story in out fight against indecency. We are thankful to our Mangalore cadre for everything that they have done," he said while addressing a press conference outside the court.
Muthalik, who was earlier a member of the Bajrang Dal, will be taken to Madikeri by Karnataka Police where he is an accused of inciting communal tension and has been booked under IPC Section 153-A.
Meanwhile, students and women's group are up in arms against the National Commission for Women (NCW) for blaming the pub owner rather than the attackers for the incident.
The head of the NCW's fact finding commission, Nirmala Venkatesh blamed the pub-owner and held them responsible for the attack on girls in the Mangalore pub.
Nirmala said the incident happened because of lack of security at the Mangalore pub and said she would demand the licence of the pub owners be cancelled.
A group of Sri Ram Sene activists had on January 24 forcefully entered into the Amnesia Bar and Restaurant on Dr Shivaram Karanth Road and assaulted women and girls present there.
They were objecting to women consuming alcohol claiming it was against Indian culture.