A farmer from a village in Thanjavur district petitioned the Madurai Vilakkuthoon police to ‘rescue’ his son from the custody of controversial godman Nithyananda.
Tirupathi, of Poyyandarkottai Village, who is the General Secretary of Thanjavur District Sugarcane Growers’ Association, filed a complaint with the Vilakkuthoon police station on Wednesday claiming that his son Raghavan (27), an engineer, was under the custody of Nithyananda in the Madurai Aadheenam. He requested the police to rescue his son and hand him over to the family.
Talking to Express, Tirupathi said he sent Raghavan, who completed his engineering degree in Singapore, to Bangalore for practical lessons in an industry a few yea-rs ago. However, he later learnt that Raghavan had joined the Nithyananda Dhyana Peetam.
Raghavan refused to return home even after several attempts by his father to convince him. Meanwhile, when Tirupathi heard that Raghavan was in the Madurai Aadheenam, he went to Madurai last week and met his son. Raghavan did not relent from his decision and Tirupathi went back home.
On Wednesday, he returned to Madurai with his wife Pooranam and other relatives to convince Raghavan to return to their home in Thanjavur. Raghavan refused to go back with his parents following which, Tiurpathi filed a complaint with Vilakkuthoon police requesting them to ‘rescue’ his son from Nithyananda’s custody. “I will also file a case against Nithyananda,” Tirupathy said.