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PC says Ram Sene crossed limits,RSS favours ban

Terming Sri Ram Sene as a 'threat' to India,P Chidambaram said the Centre was watching its activities closely. Meanwhile,disassociating from Ram Sene,the RSS said it had no objection if the govt decided to ban the outfit.

Written by Agencies | Kollam (kerala) | February 9, 2009 8:32:19 pm

Terming the Sri Ram Sene as a ‘threat’ to the country,Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the Centre was watching its activities and expected the Karnataka government to take firm action against the outfit,accused of being involved in the Mangalore pub attack.

“Sri Ram Sene is a threat to the country. The Centre is watching its activities with great concern”,the minister told reporters.

Condemning the activities of the outfit,he said “no organisation can become a self-styled police force. That cannot be allowed. Sene had already crossed limits. They cannot say what one should wear,one should eat or to where one should go,” he said.

Asked if the Centre could impose ban on the outfit,he said “let us see what Karnataka Government is doing. We expect Chief Minister Yeddiyurappa to take firm action against them as promised”,he said.

Members of the Sene were allegedly involved in the attack on women at a pub in Mangalore on January 24 which sparked a national outrage.


Disassociating with Sri Ram Sene,whose acts of moral policing in Mangalore evoked nationwide indignation,the RSS today called for stringent action against Sene and said it had no objection if the government decided to ban the outfit.

“RSS considers attacks on humans as heinous crime. We do not have any objection,if the government decides to ban Sri Ram Sene,” RSS South-Central Zonal Secretary K Narahari told a press conference in Bangalore.

“There is no relationship between RSS and Sri Ram Sene,” he said a fortnight after Sene activists attacked girls in a Mangalore pub and issued threats to disrupt Valentine’s day celebrations.

Narhari said RSS demands that stringent action be taken against Sri Ram Sene.

The Sene activists barged into a pub in Mangalore on January 24,beat up girls and others,triggering a nationwide outrage against the outfit.

“It is incorrect to link the policies and activities of Sri Ram Sene to the Sangh Parivar”,Narahari and B Nagaraj,a pracharak of RSS South-Central Zone said.

Reiterating his outfit’s opposition to pub culture or Valentine’s day celebrations,Narahari,however,said “the RSS does not approve any violent activity in relation to incidents like Mangalore pub attack,episode involving abduction of the CPI(M) Kerala MLA’s daughter or coming February 14 Valentine’s day protests.

“Instead RSS welcomes healthy debate and public awareness programmes on these social related issues”.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also blamed media for “blowing up” the Mangalore incident saying “immature approach by few media towards these issues is a dangerous development”,Nagaraj said.

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