Thursday, January 28, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Temple car burnt in Omalur taluk

Temple car burnt in Omalur taluk

Express News Service

First Published : 27 Jan 2010 02:32:00 AM IST

Last Updated : 27 Jan 2010 08:27:10 AM IST

SALEM: Tension prevailed at Tholasampatti village in Omalur taluk on
Tuesday morning after a temple car belonging to the Apparameya Perumal
Temple patronised by Mudaliar community was burnt on Monday night and
subsequent retaliation by the Mudaliar community.

Members of the Vidudhalai Chiruthaigal Katchi staged a roadblock
condemning the damage done to the houses of the Dalits.

They alleged that the officials were supporting the caste Hindus and
blocked both Salem-Mettur road and the Salem- Bengaluru highway for
more than an hour.

The car belonging to the Apparameya Perumal Temple was taken on a
threeday visit around the village and returned on Monday night to the
temple. Around midnight, some miscreants set it on fire.

As it was the last day of the temple festival, villagers returned home
late in the night, and noticed the temple car aflame.

The locals managed to douse the fire and prevented the car from being gutted.

However, the top portion of the car and the decorations were charred.

Suspecting that the miscreants were Dalits from Ambedkar Nagar, the
Mudaliar community people picked a quarrel with them. Stones were
allegedly pelted on the houses of Dalits, in which roofs of four
houses were reportedly damaged.

The Omalur police said they are inquiring into the incident and a
revenue magisterial inquiry has also been instituted.

Omalur Tahsildar Rajeswari chaired a peace meeting on Tuesday evening.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. A large
posse of police has been deployed at Tholasampatti to prevent any
untoward incidents.

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