Hindu Organizations paid homage to Coimbatore blasts victims

via Kaumudi published on February 14, 2008

COIMBATORE: The 10th anniversary of the 1998 serial blasts was observed by various Hindu outfits here, who paid homage to the 58 persons killed by lighting lamps and performing poojas in temples and taking a pledge to maintain peace and harmony.

A group of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) (Tamizhakam), led by its Tamil Nadu unit president, Arjun Sampath, lit 58 lamps at the famous Koniamman Temple, the presiding deity of the city, as a mark of respect to those killed.

They also took a pledge to maintain peace and to prevent recurrence of such attacks in future, police said.

Some Hindu Munnani workers performed pooja and an annual ritual, usually carried out for the dead, at the Noyyal River at Patteeshwarar Temple in Perur, on the outskirts of the city Meanwhile, seven members of HMK (Hanuman Sena), tonsured their heads and performed the annual rites for the dead at Noyyal river, they said.

Security has been tightened in and around the city and adequate police personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas, particularly in R S Puram, where the BJP is scheduled to pay floral tributes to the victims at a function later evening.

The serial blasts rocked the city on Feb 14 1998 during the visit of BJP leader, L K Advani, claiming 58 lives and injuring around 200 people.

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