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Tension over move to defile Kerala temple

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 3, 2012
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/nation/54975-tension-over-move-to-defile-kerala-temple.html

Tension prevailed in the northern Kerala town of Kanhangad on Tuesday over the alleged move to desecrate a Hindu temple in Kasaragod town.

Sangh Pariwar outfits and several Hindu organisations observed a hartal in Kanhangad on Tuesday protesting against the move by suspected fundamentalists to desecrate the Mallikarjun temple in Kasaragod on Monday evening. This was the second such sacrilegious act taking place within two months in Kasaragod district. Some religious fundamentalist threw a buffalo head into the compound of the Mallikarjun temple on Monday.

Reports said the heinous act was committed by two men travelling on a motorbike along the road in the rear of the temple.

Leaders of the BJP, RSS and various Hindu outfits alleged that this was part of a planned move by the religious extremists to spark off communal strife in Kasaragod. They asked the district administration and the police to put an end to this effort by bringing the culprits to book immediately and ensuring they got the punishment they deserved.

The intention of the miscreants was to throw the buffalo head inside the temple compound but it fell on the road after hitting the wall as they had done it in a hurry. Hundreds of devotees and leaders of political parties and Hindu outfits assembled at the spot and top police officials also arrived.

On February 11, a group of six miscreants had placed a buffalo head on the light pillar in front of the Sree Durga temple at Meepugiri in Madhur Panchayat of Kasaragod, sparking off stiff protests from Hindu outfits and devotees. Three men involved in this incident were yet to be arrested. In a similar incident, a group of three Muslims had brutally butchered a pregnant cow at the compound of a temple in Perumbavoor in central Kerala.

Devotees’ protests against this had ended in police lathi-charge in which several persons were injured.

The Muslim League, perhaps the strongest political party in Kasaragod, had allegedly conducted a campaign projecting reports about the Meepugiri temple defilement and another event of stone-pelting at a temple near Uduma as fabricated but this was proved wrong with the police arresting three of the miscreants.
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