KOPPAL: Devotees on Thursday vented their ire at Kottureshwara Swamji in Gangavati who allegedly sexually harassed women workers of Kalmatha temple. They demanded immediate ouster of the seer.
Driver of the temple Mallayyaswamy alleged that the seer has been involved in immoral activities, including alcoholism and sexual harassment of women for the past many years.
“Even foreigners are being exploited by the seer. The seer served him life threat as he threatened to expose him,” he said.As devotees thronged the temple in large numbers demanding immediate ouster of the seer, the police had to rush to the temple to control the situation. Devotees noted that the temple runs educational institutions and such activities will have adverse impact on students.A case has been registered at Gangavati town police station.
Kottureshwara swami is absconding and devotees are likely to hold a meeting soon to decide his fate. However, a few followers of the swami maintained that it could be a conspiracy against the swamiji as driver of temple car Mallayyaswamy was removed two years ago. Vested interests might have colluded with the driver, they claimed.