Tuesday, February 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 3,000 dalits arrested for entering temple near Madurai


3,000 dalits arrested for entering temple near Madurai

Gladwin Emmanuel

Posted On Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 03:59:01 AM

In Chennai Nearly 3,000 members of Tamil Nadu's Dalit community were
arrested on Monday as they proceeded towards the Muthalamman temple in
Uthapuram village, near Madurai.

For decades, Dalits haven't been allowed to enter the temple and the
Monday procession was a protest against this practice.

The families were on their way to the temple with offerings comprising
bananas and flowers.

However, sources said, that the Dalits and workers of the CPI(M) -
proceeding towards the temple from neighbouring districts like Madurai
and Virdhunagar were arrested at 14 spots where police picketing were
posted and Dalits were intercepted and arrested by the police.


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