Ponmudi police have registered a case against the office-bearers of a temple where animal sacrifice was allegedly performed on January 26. The temple, in the midst of controversy, is the Karuppasamy Temple at Kulachikkara, on the way to Ponmudi hill station. It is managed by Tamil migrants whose forefathers came here during colonial times.
“On January 26, as part of the annual festival, a couple of goats where killed as part of a ritual to please the god,” the police said.
The president, secretary and some others who could be identified on sight have been arraigned under the provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The temple is situated near the Tamil settlement where around 50 families live. Most of them are staff at the Merchiston Estate.
Man Found Dead
T’Puram: A man was found dead at a private lodge in Nedumangad on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Mohanan Nair, 60. He originally hails from Kottoor and had been residing in Chennai for long.
“Mohanan Nair was living with his family in Chennai and took room at the lodge on February 2,” the police said. “He is suspected to have reached here after a quarrel with his family,” they said.
“The lodge manager had bought food for Mohanan Nair on Saturday evening and he was the last one to see him alive. As the room remain locked from inside, the manager contacted the police and Mohanan Nair’s relatives. The door was broke open around 11 am and the body was found lying on the cot,” the police said.
“The cause of death is unknown and the body was sent to the Medical College Hospital for post-mortem,” the police said.