Congrats to CPM and Nagapattanam Collector

published on October 28, 2009

Collector leads Dalits into temple

NAGAPATTINAM: C Munianathan, District Collector, led Dalits into Sri Ekambareshwarar Temple at Chettipulam near Vedaranyam on Tuesday, putting an end to the alleged discrimination and law and order problems in the village.

The CPM had alleged that Dalits were not allowed inside the temple by the villagers.

The party had organised temple entry agitations twice this month (on October 1 and 14).

On October 1, the temple remained locked.

On October 14, the village witnessed violence, lathicharge and police firing when the vehicles in which Dalits, accompanied by police and revenue officials were proceeding to the temple, were attacked by a mob.

Following the violence, the Collector had organised a peace talk with members of all communities of the village. He had conveyed that any discrimination on the basis of caste will invite severe punishment. He also conveyed that he would personally lead the Dalits into the temple. The villagers assured their cooperation to the collector.

On Tuesday morning, Munianathan, accompanied by top police officials including Abhay Kumar Singh, Thanjavur DIG, Maheshwar Dayal, Nagai SP, Praveen Kumar Abinabu, Tiruvarur SP, Annadurai, DRO, Rajendran, RDO, Thennarasu, HR and CE Assistant Commissioner and others, visited the village.

About 75 Dalits went inside the temple with pooja articles. Munianathan himself distributed prasadam to all the Dalits. He said police security would be continued at the temple for some more time to prevent any untoward incidents.

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