Almost a decade after the infamous Amneisa pub attack in Mangaluru in 2009, 26 accused, including Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, have been acquitted by a city court due to lack of evidence.
The 3rd Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court in Mangaluru acquitted all accused citing lack of evidence.
At least 27 people had testified as witnesses in the case, however, all accused were acquitted since the prosecution could not produce concrete evidence against them.
About 40 Sene members allegedly attacked the Amnesia pub in the port city, about 360 km from Bengaluru, in protest against western culture and western dress of the customers, including women.
Reacting to the development, Muthalik said, "it was a victory of truth". "Cases under some 10 sections were filed against us and we have emerged victorious today".More news: Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) Given Consensus Rating of "Hold" by Brokerages
In March 2014, Muthalik joined the Karnataka BJP ahead of the general election but however forced to drop his name within five hours due to his involvement in the incident. Post the attack, the pro-Hindu organisation had become notorious for its moral policing. The incident marked the rise of moral policing in the coastal town angering youngsters.
Meanwhile, at a press conference here on Monday Sri Rama Sene Chief Pramod Muthalik regretted the attack.
After the video went viral and national channels begun to repeatedly telecast the footage, women's groups launched the "pink chaddi" campaign and Congress leader Renuka Chowdary urged women to launch "Pub Bharo" campaign.
It criticised the Sri Rama Sene for celebrating the "victory" by distributing candies and bursting crackers.