Saturday, September 26, 2020
Home News Reports Police demolish Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu following objections by Muslims: Report

Police demolish Hindu temple in Tamil Nadu following objections by Muslims: Report

Radical Islamists objected to the renovation work of the temple, claiming that it would give an opportunity to the devotees to stare at their women taking a bath

In a shocking incident, the Kattuppasathy Madasamy temple in Sammenkulam village in Tenskasi town of Tamil Nadu was destroyed by the local police, following a complaint by the radical Islamists in the area, reported The Organiser. The Hindu temple, built on a privately owned Patta land, was revered by the Nadar community. The community which is primarily into business and agriculture occupation would conduct poojas and religious festivals annually at the temple. But, in the Muslim-dominated Tenskasi district, the Hindus have been at the receiving end of the apathy of the police, administration, and the facade of communal harmony.

As per locals, radical extremists from Popular Front of India (PFI), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), and other Muslim organisations objected to the temple’s renovation work. They claimed that it affected the privacy of Muslim women living in the vicinity. After taking cognisance of the matter, the district administration and the police bulldozed the temple without following due process. Meanwhile, the protests by the Hindus fell on deaf ears.

Pacchaimaal, the son of village head Subbaiah Nadar, had complained about the matter to the District Magistrate. Reportedly, there are 160 Hindu Nadars in the village but they are outnumbered by the Muslims. He said that his community members were illiterate and worked in the agricultural sector for a living. Pacchaimaal said that they had a forest deity temple and would change the earthen base with a new one in the month of Chitrai.

Allegations of Police High Handedness

Amidst the nationwide lockdown that was imposed in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, the festivals had to be cancelled this year. But, the Nadar community had to change the earthen base to protect the existing ones from being eroded during the rainy season. As such, they put up a cement structure at the temple site.

- Advertisement -

But, radical Islamists objected to the renovation work, claiming that it would give an opportunity to the devotees to stare at their women taking a bath. Pacchaimaal, who said that Hindus lived in harmony with the Muslims in the area, conceded, “Being the majority, they objected and complained to the district administration and police. Within no time, the police descended on the village with JPCs and razed our temple ignoring all our pleas.”
 
He added that there was no restriction on having the temple on the Patta land and that his family members were the ‘hereditary trustees.’ Pacchaimaal informed that the authorities were reluctant to listen to the Hindus and refused to consider the fact that the Nadar community had been worshipping at the said temple for generations. The cops justified their move by claiming that the temple was on a Promboke land and that no permissions were obtained for the same.
 

Copy of the complaint to the District Magistrate by Pacchaimaal

Allegations of Muslim Appeasement

Reportedly, the Nadar community felt that the district administration and the police authorities wanted to ‘please the Muslims.’ The incident also legitimises allegations against AIAMDK and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswamy that he is trying to please the Muslim vote bank, ahead of the assembly polls that are scheduled for the following year. Hindu Maha Sabha leader Tha. Balasubramaniam has assured to rebuild the demolished temple in a grand manner. Several other Hindu organsiations such as Hindu Munnani had also come forward in support of the Hindus in the area.

Pacchaimaal emphasised that they neither encroached upon any government property nor started new construction. He informed that only renovation work was underway at the temple site. He warned that since a mere complaint by the majority Muslim community led to the demolition of the temple, it might have repercussions from the Hindu community. “We assure you that none will be affected by our temple. Only some with connection with fundamental outfits want to destroy communal harmony and hide the truth. We request the authorities to allow us to build a temple on our Patta land immediately” he was quoted as saying. 

Bharat Mata Statue Controversy

This is not the first time that such an incident has come to light from the State of Tamil Nadu. A controversy had erupted after a Christian missionary organisation Christians of the Church of South India (CSI) filed an objection over the statue of Bharat Mata with Kanyakumari police claiming that the statue was hurting their “religious sentiments”. After their complaint, the Kanyakumari Police had covered the statue, causing outrage amongst the villagers.

The incident sparked off protests as members of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Hindu Munnani, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other villagers staged demonstrations and later removed the cover. The protest was spearheaded by BJP leader Tarun Vijay and local RSS Swayamsevaks who later secured an order from the District Collector to reinstate the Bharat Mata statue to the original position.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Every inch of the land of Katra Keshav Dev is sacred for Hindus: Civil Suit filed in SC for reclamation of Krishna Janmabhoomi

Almost a year after the historic judgement in Ram Mandir case, a civil suit has been filed in a Mathura court seeking the ownership over entire 13.37 acres of Krishna Janmabhoomi land in Mathura

She was bowling to him, I did not use any other word: Sunil Gavaskar issues clarification after being targetted with fake news

Hours after being subjected to online backlash for 'sexism' and 'misogyny' on the basis of fake news, ace cricketer Sunil Gavaskar responded to the controversy

‘Maaro, Kaato’, Muslim mob shouts as they attack beleaguered Hindu family in Kanpur over Facebook post: Read details

"Poora Tandav teen ghante tak chalta raha", says the Hindu family in Kanpur which came under attack from an irate Muslim mob

Why the mainstreaming of Umar Khalid is scary and the need to restore sanity by drawing a line in the sand

At the moment, with a range of “eminent” personalities coming out in favour of Umar Khalid, he is winning this circuit hands down.

‘He pushed me on the sofa and forced himself on me’, says actress who accused Anurag Kashyap of rape: Here is what she told...

After an initial delay, police registered an FIR against Anurag Kashyap and initiated an inquiry into the sexual assault case

Delhi Riots: WhatsApp chats acquired by OpIndia show how some anti-CAA protestors were aware that violence was planned, discussed ‘de-escalation’

The WhatsApp chats accesses by OpIndia show that some individuals were aware that some anti-CAA groups had fanned the violence and they now need to de-escalate.

Recently Popular

India Today editors’ tussle with Republic TV is ruining their own credibility, one tweet at a time: Read how

Rahul Kanwal and Rajdeep's sly, targeted tweets against Republic TV are only helping to take their own credibilities further down, and exposing their own hypocrisy.

KWAN representative told me that I need to attend Karan Johar Parties to make a comeback to movies: Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

One of the main things is that you need to be seen at Karan Johar's parties, KWAN representative had told Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

Uttar Pradesh: Hindu girl beheaded after she refused to convert to Islam, husband Ejaz and friend Shoaib Akhtar nabbed

23-year-old Hindu woman has been brutally murdered by two Muslim youth after she refused to convert to Islam after marriage.

Ranveer Singh asks Narcotics Bureau to allow him to accompany Deepika Padukone during interrogation due to her ‘anxiety issues’

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, the husband of Deepika Padukone, has asked NCB whether he can be present during his wife’s interrogation

Fact Check: No, Sunil Gavaskar didn’t make sexist comment against Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma during an IPL game

Sunil Gavaskar was referring to a video of Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma playing cricket,, didn't make any sexist comment

‘Maaro, Kaato’, Muslim mob shouts as they attack beleaguered Hindu family in Kanpur over Facebook post: Read details

"Poora Tandav teen ghante tak chalta raha", says the Hindu family in Kanpur which came under attack from an irate Muslim mob

Every inch of the land of Katra Keshav Dev is sacred for Hindus: Civil Suit filed in SC for reclamation of Krishna Janmabhoomi

Almost a year after the historic judgement in Ram Mandir case, a civil suit has been filed in a Mathura court seeking the ownership over entire 13.37 acres of Krishna Janmabhoomi land in Mathura

After NCB arrests Kshitij Prasad, Karan Johar releases statement, says he did not know him ‘personally’: Read the full statement

In a statement issued soon after arrest of Kshitij Prasad by the NCB in connection with the drug nexus, Karan Johar claimed the arrested person was only briefly employed by Dharma Productions in November 2019

She was bowling to him, I did not use any other word: Sunil Gavaskar issues clarification after being targetted with fake news

Hours after being subjected to online backlash for 'sexism' and 'misogyny' on the basis of fake news, ace cricketer Sunil Gavaskar responded to the controversy

Nassar Abdulla suggests summoning the ghost of Sushant Singh Rajput to find out the truth about his death – In all seriousness

In a bizarre incident on live TV, Bollywood actor Nassar Abdulla went to advise the media and NCB to seek answers into the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case by summoning his ghost

Amy Coney Barrett expected to be Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: CNN

Amy Coney Barrett, a circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals, is expected to be POTUS Donald Trump's Supreme Court of nominee.

Indian govt to decide on next step in Vodafone retrospective tax case after studying the order by Permanent Court of Arbitration rejecting India’s tax...

Vodafone won its arbitration against the ₹20,000 crore tax demand by India at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Hague

‘Women have fundamental right to choose their vocation’: Bombay High Court rules that Prostitution is not a criminal offence under the law

Releasing 3 women sent to correctional facility by lower court, Bombay High Court clarified that prostitution is not a crime under law

Pakistan link to Paris knife attack emerges, at least one perpetrator reported to be of Pakistani origin

Pakistani link to the Paris knife attack on Friday emerges. The arrested suspect is reported to be an 18-uear old man.

‘Maaro, Kaato’, Muslim mob shouts as they attack beleaguered Hindu family in Kanpur over Facebook post: Read details

"Poora Tandav teen ghante tak chalta raha", says the Hindu family in Kanpur which came under attack from an irate Muslim mob

From Hindu Hriday Samrat to Secular Liberal: Why Shiv Sena transformed itself so radically

If Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had made one big compromise to grab the power, to continue in power he is making a series of them

Connect with us

244,181FansLike
455,683FollowersFollow
17,000SubscribersSubscribe