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Updated: January 14, 2011 11:53 IST

Rama Sene chief, aides exposed in ‘rent-a-riot' sting operation

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Sri Rama Sene president Pramod Muthalik, and top aides of his outfit, were caught on camera agreeing to vandalise an art exhibition in return for money in an undercover investigation by the magazine Tehelka broadcast on news channel Headlines Today on Thursday night.

According to a press release issued by the channel, the right wing outfit, which shot to fame after attacking women in a pub in Mangalore last year, was seen accepting a “a token contribution of Rs. 10,000 to the cause of Hindutva” from an undercover Tehelka reporter who posed as an artist. The “artist” told Mr. Muthalik he wanted to “shoot to fame like artist M.F. Husain.” Mr. Muthalik put the reporter in touch with his aides who would help vandalise the artist's exhibition at a “sensitive Muslim-dominated locality,” the press release stated. The investigation took six weeks to complete.

Mr. Muthalik is seen agreeing to stage what the channel called the “rent-a-riot” operation in Mangalore or Bangalore. Vasant Kumar Bhavani, Sri Rama Sene's Bangalore head, also suggested that Karnataka Minister for Wakf and Minorities Welfare Mumtaz Ali Khan be invited as the chief guest for the proposed exhibition. It was decided that 50 “boys” would be sent to do the job along the lines of the Mangalore incident, the release stated.

According to the release, the reporter met national vice-president of the Sri Rama Sene, Prasad Attavar, in prisons in Mangalore and Bellary to discuss how the riot would be staged.

“The investigations establish how the self-styled custodians of ‘Hindu culture' function…They are not ideological custodians of ‘Hindu culture.' Their ideology, in fact, appears to be dictated by cold calculation of hard cash,” the release stated.

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People like Muthalik eat away the communal harmony of the country like "termites". They are nothing more than the "germs" of spreading "COMMUNAL CANCER". And regarding evangelists, I agree with Janardhanan that they are doing a service by feeding and educating people who live in poverty. Hunger doesn't know religion or caste; it's a human feeling, which should be done by everyone.

from:  Aakash
Posted on: Jun 2, 2010 at 12:50 IST

It seems that you have a price for everything in this country. And the sadder fact is that there is no value for anything in this land. Inspite of their nuisance value, the Hindutva brigade had certain values closer to their chest. They were perceived to be the party with a difference. But, power has corrupted them. What they really want is money..!

from:  T Azeez Luthfullah
Posted on: May 18, 2010 at 21:14 IST

I have never seen any dare to do a sting on some bad Muslim...because they know they would be slaughtered if they did so...Hindus are a weak target...Tehleka dare to do the same with Muslims!

from:  cobra
Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 23:50 IST

People like Muthalik are a shame to Hindustan,which has culture of accepting anyone and anything that's just. It's quite disappointing to see some people like Mr.Jayaraj blindly blaming the media. How are the people supposed to know the intentions of people like Muthalik unless somebody brings it in the open? And regarding evangelists, I think they are doing a service by feeding and educating people who live in poverty. Hunger doesn't know religion or caste; it's a human feeling.

from:  Shaiju Janardhanan
Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 22:42 IST

Govt should ban Ram Sena as it intends to tore the civilized society of india

from:  zulfiqar Kashmiri
Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 14:04 IST

Mr Jayraj,
apparently you have lots of pain about some other issue which is different from the one in focus here.
Dont get angry on the media for exposing people from this group known as Ram Sene...you should leave your anger behind and applaud the media (tehalka) for bringing out the real ideologies of this notorious group.
Maybe you should post your pain abt that other issue at the correct place..maybe someother news item.
with regards,
Prashant.

from:  Prashant
Posted on: May 16, 2010 at 05:10 IST

I agree with jayraj Its a shame that a country with a majority has to bow to the minorities who should be condemned for being citizen in a hindu majority country. " it is an atrocity by the media on them" they should in fact cleanse the country of the unwanted groups.

I a muslim always face the appeasement wherever I go by the security people,municipal authorities etc., Thanks JAYRAJ Pl keep on appeasing us.

from:  Yusuf
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 22:58 IST

Muthalik is a small fly and the big one to which Muthalik indirectly belongs is known as Cultural Organization.This cultural Organization in fact is behind all the troubles.

from:  raj.bharti
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 20:23 IST

This is nothing new to a person familiar with the politics that goes in this country . Be it a political rally , bandh or hartal of any political party. They rent people for money to do all the destruction ..
Here in our state you would get free biriyani and Rs 100 for attending a political rally ..

from:  Sajin James
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 18:13 IST

Good to see that there are more people like Ankita in our country!! With this, I urge the media to organise sting operations on all the so called "God Men" and "God Women" (irrespective religions) so that truth comes out!!

from:  Akhil
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 17:12 IST

Kudos to the media for exposing such people who masquarade as leaders of a religion. They hide behind their apparant 'religious pride' and misuse the name of Gods to escape legal action. They should be identified as such and whichever religion they belong to, they must be penalised. incidents like this are the price for going soft on religious terror. Such people should be dealt with an iron fist.

from:  Jeevan
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 11:10 IST

No action will ever be taken, that is for sure.

from:  Ashish
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 10:35 IST

Hi All...
I strongly support Ankita. Let us not be communally biased. Let us oppose all illegal and unjust activities whoever does it. It is essential for a healthy and happy society. There are people who inject poison in us and try to divide us for their benefits. Kudos to THEHELKA for this brave action.

from:  Subair
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 02:04 IST

Mr Jayraj - if you have seen the mangalore incident it takes 10 secs to realize that its not morality they are after - its pure hooliganism spurred by money.

from:  denzy
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 01:24 IST

I totally agree with A Desai comments. If more people think like you we will be a great nation with unity and equality for all citizens.

from:  sayeed
Posted on: May 15, 2010 at 00:01 IST

Sir,
the sting operation on 'rent-a-riot' is actually a tip of the iceberg. Reports like this make us to be more cautious and understand that the national security is stymied not only by terrorists but also from cancerous mentalities like this that corrode our integrity .

from:  Dr. Vijai
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 20:40 IST

To Ankita - Well spoken sister. Mr Jayraj, to resolve a problem, we need to be able to recognize the problem first. If we get emotional or defensive, we are not going to get anywhere. Muslims like me, included. We all need to recognize the problems that plague our respective communities today and stop being in denial. That, to me, would be a fantastic beginning to the end of organizations like the Ram Sene, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Muslim right-wing organizations, etc. We need to stop being Hindus or Muslims and start being civilized Indians.

from:  Firoz
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 19:58 IST

Mr Jayraj,
It is not the topic of Hindu, Muslim or any other community. Just imagine you are from the independent country and people like these come in front and try to stop us in the name of Culture or religion. How would you feel if you eat pani puri in Tamil Nadu and some one comes and hits you saying this is not the dish of Tamil Nadu eat only Dosa. Same why with Raj Thackery he hits people out of state. Who are these people to say anything to us.

from:  Zafar Khan
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 18:27 IST

Is Tehelka expose the end of everything? Is Tehelka the highest body in the country which will expose people, and label them accordingly? Without any kind of investigation, or deliberation people set out to label organizations without even looking at the kind of work they are doing. In this case, the good things done by Sene are overlooked and bad things are brought to fore. I am neither defending or condemning it, but the fact of the matter is the certain sections of the media openly try to target organizations while leaving out such sensitive issues such as aggressive evangelism by Christian groups using monetary incentives. While such incidents are rampant in certain parts of the country - they are totally ignored and not even reported in Media! Now why does such a bias exist? Isn't this equivalent to hiding the truth?

from:  Ritesh
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 17:11 IST

Mr Jayraj,
Why are you looking at this as an attempt to defame Hindus? It is an attempt to defame corruption, irrespective of the religion it represents. There are good Hindus and bad Hindus, good Muslims and bad Muslims because at the end of the day, they are all people, more alike that different. Right?
I guess all the media is trying to do is expose unjust, illegal activities, which the Ram Sene has definitely indulged in. Why take up for wrong activities simply because they represent something u stand for, unless ofcourse you yourself stand for crime.

from:  Ankita Desai
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 14:43 IST

Well done to the media's sting operation. Exposing these criminals is what our country needs. In the name of religion these goons try to get fame and money. Sooner these idiots are put behind bars the better.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 13:31 IST

If you know what to do with criminals, then you know what to do with this guy. He does not represent any community, he only represents his own wicked interests. Law should take its own course.

from:  Gopakumar
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 11:10 IST

This is all to defame Hindus. Who will believe media who is always into Hindu bashing? Hindu bashing has become a fashion now as there is not one to question and minority appeasement is a fashion as pseudo secularists make headlines and get get fund from foreigners. Has anyone of these media people attempted nailing the converting evangelists?? They will not dare to do it. They always go bad mouthing and attempting to defame Hindus.Tamil Nadu and Andra evangelisation is a business and we see lot of atrocities and forced conversion. Is Media even bothered where the money is coming from and how the fund is being misused and how they are tearing the social fabric of this country by making neo converts fight against their own brothers?

from:  jayraj
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 10:46 IST

This is totally abusrd and a mockery of law and order. Ram Sena should be banned and Muthalik should be imprisoned for life. Causing communal riots is a crime similar to terrorism. Communal riots weakens the unity of country from within.

from:  Sanjeev Nanda
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 10:19 IST

This is bad, but the bitter truth. These kind of elements will cause cancer to a healthy society. Boycott these people from the society.
The BJP led Govt in Karnataka would do nothing for this, as these people are their allies.

from:  Swagat S
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 10:04 IST

It is really sad that politicians are stooping down to this level to make their thoughts known! Or is it just making money... this has been suspected about most political dharnas and the bundhs that get called every now and then.. not to add all the politics related violence... money flows in all these places... hang them all!

from:  Sudharshan Venkatesan
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 06:41 IST

way to go Tehelka! The mangalore incident was a shame and I hope that this revelation will bring Muthalik's to justice.

The charade in the name of religion should not go unpunished and I would like to see our judicial system to put a stop to this.

from:  Chetan
Posted on: May 14, 2010 at 03:41 IST
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