NAGAPATTINAM: Responding to a complaint lodged by a representative of Dalits from Pazhangkallimedu village seeking action against 11 caste Hindus for denying equal rights at Badrakaliamman Temple, the Thalaignayiru police inspector instructed the complainant to approach court since the two groups have mutually agreed to halt the temple festival till court pronounced its orders on the matter.
In his reply to M Ramani, the complainant, inspector V S Sivavadivel said criminal action cannot be taken on the accused as the Dalits have accepted and obtained the copy of the directive issued by the Collector on July 30 to temporarily halt the temple festival until court passed a suitable order. He instructed the complainant to move court to find a solution.
On Saturday, Ramani lodged the complaint at Thalaignayiru Police Station, demanding action against 11 caste Hindus under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) for denying one-day ‘Mandagapadi’ right’ (sponsoring a day’s event) at the disputed temple in Kallimedu.
Meanwhile, 25 police personnel were deployed on the temple precincts to maintain law and order.