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Hindu priests insecure:AIADMK

Hindu priests insecure:AIADMK

Publication: Chennai Online
Date: April 25, 2007
URL: http://www.chennaionline.com/colnews/newsitem.asp?NEWSID=%7BE9E5BEAF-5EA2-41CE-8469-E9038A82DF04%7D&CATEGORYNAME=Tamil+Nadu

Alleging that Hindu priests in Tamil Nadu were not secure under DMK regime, AIADMK whip K A Sengottaiyan today demanded action against those who had assaulted a priest at Neyveli in Cuddalore district and cut his sacred thread.

Participating in the discussion on the demand for grants to Home, Prohibition and Excise departments in the assembly, Sengottaiyan said after the statue of social reformist E V R Periyar was desecrated last week, a group of persons had entered a temple in Neyveli and broke a Ganesh idol.

They had also assaulted the temple priest Gurumurthy and cut his sacred thread, he said. Temple priests are not secure under the DMK regime and instances of cutting sacred threads have increased, he added.

Sengottaiyan said his party did not object to action against those who had desecrated the statue of social reformist E V R Periyar.

"In fact, those who were responsible for the act should be booked under Goondas Act", he said adding action should be taken against those who were assaulting temple priests also.

Fund allocation for police modernisation was sufficient now, he said and charged the DMK government with not giving importance to setting up more all-women police stations. The DMK government was also not taking measures to check illicit liquor and sale of fake lottery tickets, he added.

He alleged that sufficient police protection has not been given to AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa. Instances of arms smuggling were also occuring under the DMK regime, he said. (Our Correspondent)

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