Thenkasi Town under the stranglehold of Islamic Terrorists

via Pudhuvai Saravanan published on September 14, 2007

– An entire family is being killed by Jihadi terrorists in ThenKashi

for the eldest protested against building a masjid in the most famous

temple land.


– 3 brothers including the eldest son who protested were murdered on

the road in the daylight


– the symbol of islam (moon and star) is hacked on their dead body to

warn others


– 2 other brothers are put in prison, and jihadis are planning to kill

them also


– police is closing the case as a family dispute


“80% of the population is Hindu, while 80% of all trading is in the hands of Muslims in Thenkasi.”


I board at the new bus terminus in Thirunelveli. After finding a seat in a bus to Thenkasi, I ask for two tickets to Thenkasi, the bus conductor stares at us steadily for a minute. The bus is full, yet a deathly quiet hovers in the bus. The bus starts, picks up speed, on both sides of the road our eyes feast upon lush, green fields. Yet, one just finds fear in the eyes of the bus passengers. A cool breeze from the fabled Podhigai hills wafts through the bus comforting us, and yet all we can feel is a grim wretchedness.


On the 14th of August, three members of one family in Thenkasi were violently hacked to death. That the people of Thenkasi are yet to recover from this horror, is evident even at the start of our bus trip from Thirunelveli to Thenkasi. On arrival at Thenkasi, as we walk a few yards into
the town from the bus stop, we pass the ancient Kulasekara Nathar Temple on the road.

Thenkasi, a small town, population :75,000, functions as a very busy hub. On a normal day thousands of people pass through the town from the neighboring villages. But now it looks empty like a small village, with very few people on the streets. All shops are open but no shoppers can be seen, and no business takes place; the bazaar looks deserted. All around town one sees shiny large ads for Haji Mustafa’s textile and jewelry shops. Even on the mounds and public announcement posters of the traffic police, Haji Mustafa’s ads are more prominent. Hindus of Thenkasi accuse the owner of Haji Mustafa shops of financing Muslim Terrorists. But the police are thick with the owners of Haji Mustafa shops. Haji Mustafa textile shop has heavy police protection now.

Thenkasi Municipality has 35 wards. In 8 of these wards Muslims are the sole residents. In other wards too, muslims are well distributed. In the town, Muslims are about 20% of the population but 80% of the town’s business is in their hands. In grocery stores, textiles, medical, electrical, electronics shops, hotels, and vegetable shops, everywhere Muslims dominate. Most of the Hindus are either day laborers or wrap beedis for living. We find women labourers wrapping beedis all around the Town of Thenkasi. Even in agriculture Hindus are few in number. There are about 15,000 to 20,000 Muslims in town. There are more than 50 Islamic institutions such as Arabic school, madrassa, prayer centres, mosque, and dharga. Whichever direction one turns there will be a madrassa or a mosque or an Arabic school. The very structure of the town shows that it is an ancient town. 15 days after the horrible murders of the 14th August, all streets in the town have police on them. Wherever Muslims reside exclusively the police are on guard in full strength.

V.T.S. Rahman Batcha, a prominent industrialist and business owner in town, who is accused as the mastermind behind the murders of Kumar Pandian and his brothers, is said to be absconding according to the police. His house and shops are under full police protection. Police say that they are on the look out for him. But auto drivers and some people in town told us that Rahman Batcha is seen going for a walk everyday.


We visited the site where Muslims are trying to build a prayer centre. It is about 100 meters away on a street that is directly opposite Kasi Viswanathar temple. On the disputed site, there is a hotel by name Ananda Bhavan. It is owned by a Muslim. We inquired in the street about it. ‘During the Karthikai Deepam festival there used to be a bonfire in this site. Before Muslims tried to build the  prayer centre, there was a government run primary school here. Later there was an Ice factory. Later a public toilet, say the people on the street. The people in Thenkasi say that since Muslims have money power and political influence, they dominate everything.

King Parakrama Pandian built the famous Kasi Viswanatha temple in Thenkasi. All the shops opposite the temple are owned by Muslims. Muslims have tried many times to encroach upon a mantap opposite the temple that was built for worshippers’ resting. They have not given up on that and are still trying, say some old men.

Auto drivers tell us that the Muslim writ runs in the town. We inquired on what grounds they say this. “V.T.S. Rahman is funding the terrorists, everybody knows this. But the R.T.O office is on a site owned by him. In the evening, youths from many organizations like TMMK (Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetrak Kazhagam), Tawhid Jamaat, Najjaat, MNP (Manitha Needhi Paasarai -a muslim front organization ostensibly standing for social justice and human rights) and Muslim Auto drivers assemble in the R.T.O office. That is where many things are plotted’ they say. TMMK, Tawhid Jamaat, Najjat and MNP, all religious fundamentalist organizations, each of them has their own auto stands. In these stands Hindu auto drivers can’t park their vehicles, whereas Muslim auto drivers routinely park their vehicles in auto stands in Hindu areas. In Thenkasi, Muslims do not board Hindu owned autos, they check first to see if the auto is Muslim owned. Hindus don’t  have any such discriminating view, they travel in any and all autos. TMMK runs an Ambulance service in Thenkasi. Even ordinary folks say that these ambulances smuggle arms. But even on the day of the murders (August 14th) police permitted the TMMK mbulances to operate freely. A common view found even among ordinary people like women who wrap Beedis is that whoever is posted as a Police official in Thenkasi, they favor the Muslims, that is why such a situation has arisen. Senthil, brother of Kumar Pandian, who was hacked to death by Muslims, was struggling for life when TMMK ambulance picked him up and took him along for a few meters. The minute they realized that it was Senthil, they threw his body down and drove away. Many members of the public saw this incident.

After 14th august, there was a peace meeting. The Meeting was held to discuss the resolution to the dispute arising out of encroachment and prayer centre construction attempted by muslims on the temple land which led to the murders of Hindus. But at the end of the meeting a Muslim gentleman got up and said sarcastically, ‘You are all assembled here. If we all work together, we can finish building the prayer centre (Palli vasal in Tamil)’. That he said this in the presence of high police officials shocked the assembled Hindus. But the police officials looked on with no reaction whatever.

D.S.P of Thenkasi, Mr. Mayilvahanan, has banned customary events like dances, songs, uppetry, oyilattam in in all the temple festivals in and areas around Thenkasi. But all Muslim festivals are being permitted freely. That is a claim of made openly by the public in Thenkasi. In sum, since the police and the state in Tamil Nadu are acting blatantly in favor of Muslims, the Hindus in Thenkasi are feeling like orphans adrift. Kutralam hills may be providing a cool climate in town, the Podhigai breeze may be dancing through the town of Thenkasi, but the Hindus of Thenkasi are all incensed due to the Muslim extremist activities that go unchecked in the area.


Demands of Thenkasi Hindus!

* Institue a C.B.I inquiry on Kumar Pandian’s murder


* Prohibit the building of Islamic prayer centre on the Temple land


* Monitor Muslim terrorist organizations in Thenkasi and ban them


* Police should stop charging innocent Hindu youth with imaginary
offenses. Release all Hindu youths who were taken into custody after
August 14th.


* Prohibit the function to be organized on December 6th


* Government should offer jobs to the widows of Kumara Pandian and
his brothers who were murdered by Muslim terrorists. All educational
expenses of the children of these killed youth should be borne by the
State which caused the deaths by neglecting its duty to the people



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