Sabarimala authorities targets poor Hindu Vendors from Tamilnadu

published on November 22, 2008

Sabarimala: When Christian and Muslim Bussiness men thrives in way to Sabarimala from Pampa to Sannidhanam, Administration authorities are targeting poor Hindu vendors  who came all the way from Tamilnadu , reports Daily Pioneer. – The crime was that they did not know about a new notification by the high-powered committee appointed on the High Court’s instructions about the necessity of registering their stalls in advance remitting vendor fees.

The police arrested more than 40 such vendors and confiscated all their wares on the orders of the high-power committee. These vendors used to sell wares, mostly rosaries, bead-chains for pilgrims and cheap and ethnic household implements like kitchen knives and wooden spoons, season after season, more as a duty than a business.

Muthulakshmi, a 54-year-old woman from Pollachi, said she used to sell bead-chains to the pilgrims at bargain prices, and over 700 such chains that she brought had been ‘snatched’ by police, who had earlier complained that they had no time or resources to perform their security duties.

“For me this is not business,” said Muthulakshmi. “I cannot spend a year with the money earned by selling 700 bead-chains. For me, this is a divine duty. I make chains for myself, counting the number of beads in each chain because these are holy “Maalas”. How can I harm this holy place?” said weeping Muthulakshmi.


Palanichamy from Thenkasi, Tamil Nadu, who had come with his family for “business”, said he had already spent more than Rs 3,000 to reach Pampa for the pilgrimage season. “That was all borrowed from an ‘Ayyah’ (rich man) for heavy interest. I don’t know how I can return that money now,” he said.

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