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Six from TN, on way to Vavar mosque, held

Press Trust of India  |  Palakkad(Ker) 

Six people, including three women, who wanted to visit the famed mosque at Erumeli near the temple, have been arrested on charges of trying to create animosity between religious groups, police said Tuesday.

All the six, said to be members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi, hail from and wanted to visit the mosque, which is related to the pilgrimage, they said.

The Erumeli Nainar Juma Masjid, also known as 'Palli' (mosque) is dedicated to Vavar, the Muslim companion of Lord Ayyappa, the adopted son of the erstwhile Pandalam as per Hindu belief.

The devotees of Lord visit the mosque during the November-January annual pilgrim season.

They do not enter the prayer hall but circumambulate the mosque, provide Kanikka (offering) and break coconut at the premises as part of traditions.

Cases under various sections of the IPC, including for promoting enmity between various religious groups, punishment for criminal trespass, unlawful assembly and punishment for rioting were registered against them.

The arrested women are Sushila (35), (39) both from Tirupur, and Gandhimathy (51) from Tirunelveli.

The men- Tirupathi (50), Murugaswamy (75) and Senthil Kumar (31), hail from and Coimbatore, Kozhinjampara police, bordering

The six were arrested Monday and remanded to custody Tuesday, police said.

The temple had witnessed violence protests when two women in their forties had trekked the holy shrine and offered prayers on January 2.

A hartal called the next day to protest against the temple entry had seen large scale violence all over the state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:25 IST
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