Ram Sena banned in Goa by BJP government

Porvorim, Aug 21: The Goa government has banned the Hindu right wing Shri Ram Sena from entering the state, chief minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly late Wednesday evening.

“I had asked police to prepare a report and it was sent to the collector to ban the entry of Shri Ram Sena in the state. We have banned Shri Ram Sena,” Parrikar said.

In June Shri Ram Sena chief Pramod Mutalik had announced his plan to set up a branch of the sena in the state in September.

This had led to the tourism industry, women’s organizations, literary personalities and performing artistes demanding that the BJP government ban the sena from entering Goa. The fear was that the violence witnessed in Mangalore against women in pubs and night clubs some years ago might be repeated in Goa.

Responding to a query from Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai on whether the government had banned the sena following opposition demands, Parrikar said Shri Ram Sena has been banned because Mutalik had announced his plans to enter the state.

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