An FIR (First Information Report) has been filed against Sri Rama Sena Founder Pramod Muthalik on charges of using objectionable language towards people of other religions during his visit to Ganapathi pandal at Idgah Maidan near Chennamma Circle in Hubli. Chandrashekhargouda Malipatil, Assistant Commissioner of Hubballi-Dharwad Mahanagara Palike (HDMP) has filed a complaint against the Sri Rama Sena Founder, for making a provocative speech and hurting the sentiments of people of other religions.
The Hubli Suburban Police charged Muthalik under the IPC Section 153 (a), and 295 (a) for promoting enmity between different groups based on religion, and race, for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. Pramod Muthalik has allegedly made hate speech against the Anjuman-e-Islam community after it made a petition to the court to oppose the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the Hubli Idgah Maidan. The court declined the petition allowing the municipal body for the celebrations to happen for three days.
On the day of the immersion, Muthalik, who was visiting, had made comments, using the term ‘anti-national’ about the Anjuman-E-Islam community in the wake of its objection to allowing Ganeshotsav at Idgah Maidan. The Sri Ram Sena founder stated to the media “that those who oppose Ganesh Utsav are anti-nationals”. He accused the Anjuman-e-Islam of having ill intentions and conspiring to divide the country.
“If you provoke the peace-loving Hindu community in issues related to country and religion in coming days, the community has the strength to install the Ganapathi idol inside the masjid and perform puja. If you continue such troubles and arrogance we will oppose namaz and will not allow you to step here. We will approach the court not to permit namaz at Rani Channamma Idgah maidan. This is not Pakistan or personal property,” stated Muthalik to the local electronic media.
Reacting to these statements, Congress MLA Prasad Abbayya criticized Muthalik and termed them as purposeful and deliberate, saying he was intentionally disturbing the communal harmony of the society. “The government should take action against Muthalik, and should extern him from the State. People should not consider his immature statements seriously, but should celebrate the festivals peacefully,” added the Congress MLA. A memorandum was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner and Police Commissioner by the Anjuman-E-Islam office-bearers, seeking measures to arrest Muthalik under the Goonda Act and to prohibit his entry to Hubballi city.