After a fringe group threatened to raid a party in a restrobar alleging that minors were having drinks there, police rushed to the place and evacuated the youth in question.
The incident took place at Hi Bar Lounge & Grill in Mangalore on Saturday. A second-year PUC student was hosting the party. Police said the boy—from a minority community—wanted to celebrate becoming the owner of a superbike. Police said Bajrang Dal members informed them about the party and warned that the pro-Hindu group would be forced to act if the police did not.
Consequently, the police rushed to the restrobar and evacuated the group of youth who were partying. The guests included boys and girls from the majority community.
Bajrang Dal activist Praveen Kodikal said some of their members were raring to storm into the restrobar and do an encore of the 2008 pub attack. He said the members were half-hoping that the police did not show up as then they could have contended that they were compelled to ‘set things right’ themselves. Senior leaders of the organisation restrained the members. Meanwhile, the police reached the pub and evacuated the youth.
Raghav Padil of Kadri police station said he rushed to the pub at 4 pm on Saturday, but found only a few youngsters gathered there for a party. He said the hotel has a licence and the police found nothing incriminating. Nevertheless, the students were escorted out of the place from the back door.
Reportedly, the boy hosting the party had promised free entry and free drinks to girls. The boys were to shell out `200 for entry. Father of one of the girls who had gone to the party told dna his daughter had told him she was going to a birthday party. He asked how can drinks be served to 17-year-olds, adding that he would get to the bottom of it.
Bajrang Dal chief Jagadish Shenva told dna the organisation would not take law into its own hands anymore. He said they would instead alert the police about social vices, like minors consuming alcohol and other things the youth are exposed to by elements that have ulterior motives.