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Ram Sena calls off V-Day protests in Bengaluru

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February 12, 2009 17:19 IST

The Shri Ram Sena has called off its proposed protests against Valentine's Day protests in Bengaluru [Images]. Sena founder Pramod Muthalik [Images] said that the decision to call off the protests was taken after they received specific information that some miscreants were planning to disrupt peace.

Muthalik, however, made it clear that protests against Valentine's Day would be held in other parts of the state. Regarding Bengaluru, he said, "I have specific information that there are some miscreants will intentionally try and disrupt a peaceful protest by us so that the Sena and the government in Karnataka gets a bad name. All the attention is on Bengaluru and I am sure that someone will create trouble and blame the Shri Ram Sena."

"We have no intention of creating trouble for anyone and neither will we resort to any violence," Muthalik stated. "In case any of our activists find anyone dressed indecently, then we will just protest in front of them," he added.

Muthalik said that calling of the Bengaluru protest is not a defeat for him or the Sena. "People across the nation know me now and my message has reached every nook and corner of this country. The impact of our message against Valentine's Day has been loud and clear and 50 per cent of the colleges in Karnataka have directed their students not to celebrate Valentine's Day. This is only an indication that our message has been accepted by the masses and the impact has been created," he added.

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