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Pramod Muthalik has face blackened

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Bangalore: Sri Rama Sene leader Pramod Muthalik, famously the target of the Pink Chaddi Campaign for his right-wing group’s role in attacking women at a Mangalore pub last year, was at the receiving end here on Thursday when some youths blackened his face while he was participating in an interactive session on Valentine’s Day celebrations organised by a Kannada TV channel.

Mr. Muthalik is also known for his threats to marry off young people found together on Valentine’s Day.

A group of about six, believed to be members of the youth wing of a national party, raised slogans against the Sri Rama Sene and Mr. Muthalik and barged on to the stage at the Samsa open-air auditorium on the Ravindra Kalakshetra premises around 6 p.m. when the programme was being recorded. They then daubed a black substance on his face. The Sri Rama Sene leader was heckled, and he fell off his seat.

Chaos followed and the police had to cane the protesters to bring the situation under control. Another panellist, Vimala of the Janavadi Mahila Sanghatane, was also verbally abused and pushed around.

“This is an organised attack and I know who is behind this. We will track down those who attacked me and retaliate. I urge the Chief Minister to take action against the perpetrators,” Mr. Muthalik told reporters before being escorted from the venue. The Ulsoorgate police here arrested six persons for the attack.

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