Sri Rama Sene not banned in Goa: official

April 3rd, 2009 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, April 3 (IANS) The Goa home minister’s claim of banning the Hindu rightwing outfit Sri Rama Sene from the state appears to be only half true.
While the North Goa administration banned the outfit earlier this week, South Goa district collector Mihir Vardhan told IANS that the SRS was not yet banned in the southern district which borders Karnataka.

“We have not banned the SRS in South Goa because we have not received any adverse reports from the police. The moment we do, we will not hesitate in taking action,” Vardhan said.

Home Minister Ravi Naik had earlier said that Goa had banned the Pramod Muthalik-led outfit, which gained overnight notoriety in January after they vandalised a pub in Mangalore and beat up women there. They said women going to pubs was against Indian culture.

The self-proclaimed moral brigade had also threatened to storm Goa in order to “correct” Western culture in the state.

-Indo-Asian News Service

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