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Jul 25, 2009 at 03:58pm IST

SRS Chief Muthalik held for Mysore riots

Belgaum: Mysore Police have arrested the International Secretary of extreme right-wing Sri Rama Sena (SRS) Pramod Muthalik on charges of delivering an 'inflammatory' speech in the aftermath of the group clashes involving two communities in the city during April this year.

A team of policemen from Mysore arrived in the city on Friday and arrested the pro-Hindu outfit leader.

They immediately took him to Mysore where he would be produced in a court later on Saturday.

ARRESTED AGAIN: Police sources say Muthalik has been held on charges of making an inflammatory speech.

Police sources said Muthalik was held on charges of making an inflammatory speech at Kyatamaranahalli in Mysore, which witnessed two violent incidents in April and earlier this month.

While one person was killed in police firing in the April incident, three were killed in violence this month.

The main accused behind the incident of desecration of a religious school in the troubled area, arrested a few days ago by the police had revealed that he was 'inspired' by the speech made by Muthalik after two places of worship were desecrated during the April riots.

Muthalik had been in the eye of storm recently after his followers attacked a pub in Mangalore and beat up girls who were in it. SRS Chief held for Mysore riots.

"There's a prima facie case against him (Muthalik) and we have evidence of his involvement in defiling a madarsa. The FIR is available here and there is no requirement of a warrant for arrest. The police officer is competent to arrest without a warrant in a cognizable case and after his arrest, Muthalik will be officially brought before judicial court"
— Mysore Police Commissioner, Sunil Agarwal to CNN-IBN