Pub Attack: Court acquits all the 26 accused

Sri Ram Sene chief, all other accused, acquitted in pub attack case that led to pink chaddi campaign

Over 30 Sri Ram Sene activists had allegedly barged into the pub on January 24, 2009, and assaulted some women and men, claiming they were violating traditional Indian values.

The acquittals are causing outrage on social media and other platforms, given the fact that the entire episode was captured on video and played in loop for days on end by television news channels.

On Monday, Muthalik and all others accused in the 2009 pub attack in Karnataka's Mangaluru were acquitted due to lack of evidence.

A report by PTI said that the counsel for the accused, Vinod, had earlier submitted before the magistrate that his clients were not present when the attack took place at the pub.

"We the Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development are severely disappointed by the wholesale acquittal of all the accused in the Amnesia Pub Attack of 2009".

About the accused who were acquitted on Monday, Karandlaje said, "They were in jail for six years without any reason". The incident marked the rise of moral policing in the coastal town angering youngsters.

Then Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa had termed the incident "unfortunate".

Sri Rama Sene became infamous after this attack and Muthalik was strongly criticised for his and his Sene workers behaviour in the name of "Moral Policing". The movement, coordinated on Facebook, grabbed global media attention at the time. Will Karnataka election 2018 see Muthalik's entry into the party? The ghost of pub attack had even compelled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to cancel Pramod Muthalik's membership from the party within five hours after he joined in March 2014.



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