Land row sparks tension in Erode
Tension gripped parts of the town and tight security was posted around the CSI school and church here on Wednesday after word spread that the Erode Periyamariamman temple land retrieval association on Wednesday might lay seige to the government land that has been occupied by the institution on Brough Road.
Association president ERM Chandrasekar said the High Court has previously dismissed two petitions filed by the CSI claiming ownership of the 12.66-acre land and had upheld the government’s contention that the land belonged to it. However, the government did not take any action to retrieve the land, he alleged. Devotees of the temple also wanted some portion of the land to expand the shrine, he added.
The association wanted to use the usurped land for cooking purposes as part of the ongoing annual festival at the temple. But that was not allowed by the police.
The association has been constantly seeking permission to use the land and was planning to take out a march from the Kottai Eswaran temple on Thursday which will be attended by more than 1,000 women, to press its demand, Chandrasekar said. He also called for action against the CSI for submitting fake records to claim ownership of the land.