Published: May 26, 2010 00:21 IST | Updated: May 26, 2010 00:21 IST
TIRUNELVELI, May 26, 2010
Dalits make offerings at Panthapuli temple
Amid tight security cover provided by police, Dalits of Panthapuli
village near Sankarankovil sacrificed goats and offered 'pongal' at
the Kannanallur Mariamman temple on Tuesday.
Villagers belonging to other communities, who left their hamlet on
Sunday in a huff against the members of "oppressed community" entering
the 100-year old temple, continued their agitation on the Yettisery
hillock for the third day.
With the law-enforcers led by Deputy Inspector-General of Police,
Tirunelveli Range, K.P. Shanmugarajeswaran, Superintendent of Police
Asra Garg and other police personnel providing the Dalits protection
for the past few days, they came prepared for offering 'pongal' in
front of the temple.
Following 'abhishekam' to the presiding deity, three goats were
sacrificed and 'pongal' was offered after 9 a.m.
After the celebration, the Dalits returned home with police protection.
The members of the other communities have announced that they will not
come down to their village until the Madurai Bench of the Madras High
Court resolved the dispute.
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