A day after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar issued a strong warning to Sri Ram Sene over its alleged threat to target pubs, the right wing group said it will work within the ambit of law and was firm on setting up its branch in the tourist state. “We are coming to Goa in the next 2-3 months. Our operations will be within the ambit of law. Sri Ram Sene is not interested in breaking law,” Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muttalik told reporters at Ramnathi village, where he has arrived to participate in a Hindu convention. “The Sene will be launching a campaign against illegal pubs in Goa by registering complaints against them with police and state authorities,” he maintained. “We will insist that action is taken against these illegal pubs.”
Parrikar had warned the outfit against breaking law following Muttalik’s comments in a national newspaper that his organisation will work to ban pub culture in Goa, which attracts a large number of foreign tourists every year. “We intend to start an awareness drive amongst youths so that they don’t visit pubs,” he had said, adding the campaign will also persuade youths against celebrating Valentine’s Day. Reacting to Parrikar’s statements, Muttalik said “the Chief Minister would be invited to inaugurate our branch in Goa.” Sri Ram Sene hit the media headlines in 2009 when its activists attacked a group of women in a pub in Mangalore, Karnataka.