Samiti flays SC move to demoilsh illegal temples

Regularise the violation, ensure protection to temples

 
Addressing reporters here on Friday, HJS Convener Ram Bhat said that of the 833 places of worship, which were listed as illegal structures in the district, 640 are Hindu religious centres. In Mangalore taluk, out of 86 identified places of worship, 69 are Hindu temples, he said adding that the government should regularise the violation and ensure protection to temples.

Bhat said that most of the temples, which were identified as illegal by the Revenue Department, are of historic importance.

“Some temples have more than thousand years of history. Moreover, most of the temples do not harm the general public in any manner. Still the government has included such temples in the illegal structures list,” he lamented.

“The Delhi government had shifted a mega railway project to protect a Moghul period Muslim shrine. However, the State government, instead of giving protection to ancient temples, is going ahead with the move of demolishing it,” he said adding that the Samiti will be organising all temple committee members and devotees to hold a protest against the move.

Protest on Oct 18

Bhat said that the protest rally will commence from the Sharavu Sri Ganapathi Temple premises on October 18 at 10.30 am. The procession will conclude at the Deputy Commissiioner’s Office premises and later a protest will be held. A memorandum will be submitted to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa through Deputy Commissioner V Ponnuraj, he said adding that about 5,000 people are expected to participate in the protest.

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