The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha activists demolished the temple being constructed inside the APMC premises on Monday.
The activists claimed that the temple being built by Balaji Temple Trust was an illegal construction as the APMC Act prohibits building any religious structure on its premises. The Act states that the land or vacant place belonging to APMC should be used only for the APMC purposes or for the benefit of farmers alone.
According to Honnur Muniyappa, member of the sangha, the Tirumala Balaji Trust had purchased 27,723 sqft of vacant land in 1997 for `2.77 lakh and now it is worth more than `8 crore.
The protestors sought to know how an APMC Act could be violated.
Earlier, an attempt was made to build a temple in the same place and it was stopped by Kathe Sangha. “Now again the temple is being built, we do not know who is trying to support the Trust,” Muniyappa said.
The farmers pulled down the brick walls and also the support structures of the proposed temple on Monday. When the farmers attempted to meet the secretary of APMC at his office they were told that the secretary was out of station and will return after four to five days. The farmers have decided to stop their agitation till they meet the secretary and hold talks with him.