Villagers want govt to take over Sulvadi Maramma temple

Villagers want govt to take over Sulvadi Maramma temple

The people of Sulvadi in Hanur taluk, Chamarajanagar district, where prasada laced with pesticides was served, want the government to take over the temple.

The devotees suspect that the prestige issue between two factions over the management of the temple resulted in the inhuman act. As many as 12 people who ate the prasada died on Friday.

The villagers suspect that the culprits had mixed pesticides with the prasada to take revenge against the other group. However, the villagers are not clear on who is behind the act. The police have taken three people into their custody and are investigating.

Mahadevaswamy, a Taluk Panchayat member who visited the temple, said it appears that petty politics over the temple administration might have resulted in the

The temple has gained popularity and its income has increased over the years. Thus, several people tried to get involved in the temple management. The government should take over the temple.

No local person should be involved in the administrative activities, he said.

Suresh, a devotee said due to the lapses in the management, the devotees suffered. “Who will take care of the family of the deceased? Security measures are in place at the temple. Though there are a few CCTV cameras, they are defunct,” he added.

C Lokesh, son of Chinnappi, a temple trustee, said, “though the cameras were repaired several times, they are not working.”