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Spiritual leader put under house arrest for planning yatra

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A was today placed under house arrest here ahead of his proposed 40 km 'Dharmagraha Yatra' (padayatra) from to Yadadri, police said.

The of the Kakinada Sri Peetham, Swami Paripoornananda, who was to lead the march against those making 'anti-Hindu' statements, was prevented from coming out of his house to take out the for which police had denied permission, they said.

Following this, a large number of followers of the swami and members of different Hindu organisations gathered near his house, police said.

Paripoornananda had recently demanded arrest of and film critic over his alleged statements against Hindu deities and said the had 'hurt' the sentiments of Hindus, they said.

Permission for holding agitations against the actor's statements was not given in any part of the state, they added.

"Only Paripoornananda has been placed under house arrest," of Police M Venkateshwarlu told

He said around 20 members of different organisations were taken into preventive custody when they tried to hold a protest over the issue.

The Swami was to undertake the in protest against recent statements and campaigns in and allegedly against Hindu deities.

He had demanded that government bring in a legislation immediately facilitating "severe punishment to mischievous elements whoever decry and defame the gods and goddesses of any religion through any media or in any other form."

Instead of responding to this demand, Telangana government, having given formal permission to the padyatra, resorted to house-arrest on the grounds that "some anti-social elements are likely to cause law and order problem during the padayatra," organisers alleged.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:05 IST