Mysuru: Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik, as he arrived from Bengaluru towards Mysuru on Friday around 11-30 am, was stopped at the district boundary point in Nidaghatta by the police.
He had set out to visit the house of slain RSS worker Raju in Kyatamarahalli in Mysuru district to express his condolences to the family.
Muthalik was shown the deputy commissioner’s order barring his entry, by a team of district’s high-ranking officials, which included revenue divisional commissioner Arul Kumar, tahsildar G P Manjegowda and circle police inspector K R Prasad.
Both Mandya and Mysuru districts are said to have prohibited him from entering the districts.
After he was turned back, at a hurriedly convened media meet in a suburban resort, Muthalik criticized the orders of the both the DCs barring him from entering the territory. He challenged the officials to stop illegal sand extraction and transport and check corruption on priority basis, insisting that he was not a terrorist to be restrained in this manner.
In a recent order, the state government of Goa has barred Muthalik from entering the state for a further period of four months.
The first order restraining him from entering the state for 60 days had been issued by the district magistrates of North Goa and South Goa on August 19, 2014 for 60 days. The orders are being extended for a specific period ever since.
When he approached the Goa bench of the Bombay high court, it refused to interfere with the prohibitory order.
He then moved the supreme court, stating that the order violated his fundamental rights. The then-presiding judge Justice H L Dattu had remarked that the people of Goa could take care of themselves, while he (Muthalik) and his associates stormed into pubs and beat up boys and girls.
His appeal to the apex court was dismissed in August 2015.