Tuesday, May 7, 2013

One-day Hunger Protest Call by Virugambakkam Mettukulam Retrieving Committee at Chennai



One-day Hunger Protest Call by Virugambakkam Mettukulam Retrieving Committee at Chennai


Virugambakkam Mettukulam Retrieving Committee, Chennai has called for a one-day Hunger Protest on 8th May 2013 at Valluvar Kottam, Chennai.  The Committee has placed a demand to retrieve the temple land under survey no.222/3 from the illegal possessors of the land today.  The facts are given here:


Sundara Varadaraja Perumal temple at Virugambakkam is a 1000 year old temple which was in a dilapidated state.  The temple has vast property which is now shrunk due to encroachments.  According to temple records, the place was known in days of yore as ‘Seerani Virugambakkam in Puliyur Kottam of Thondai Naadu”. The area ‘mettukulam’ is gifted by Sunguvar Chattiram Brahmins as water subsidy to the temple.  Under the leadership of Sri Duraishankar, the temple was re-built.  Then the temple was taken over by HR&CE Department.  Suddenly, Muslims of the locality proposed to construct a mosque near the temple land with the support given by the then Congress MLA J M Haroon.  The Collector Office has displayed the notice calling for any objection to this proposal.  Hindu Munnani objected for this proposal.  All party protest was called for and the DRO interrogated the case.  At the end, it is agreed that the land cannot be given to Muslims.  Many persons started to claim the land showing illegal patta documents.  Enquiry has been called for. The Office bearers of Hindu Munnani filed a PIL in High Court.  Accordingly, status quo is maintained now and interim judgement has been given.  Petition has been given to the Chief Minister for necessary action. 


Hindu Munnani, on verification found that in records (A Register), the disputed land belongs to the temple which is recorded in 1910. Correspondence with the temple authorities over decades also reveal the fact that the land belongs to the temple only. 


V G Kumar will be presiding the Hunger Protest along with Smt. D Alamelu.  Sri Ramagopalan, Hindu Munnani, Smt. Thamizhisai Soundarrajan, All India Executive Secretary, BJP, Sri Pon.Radhakrishnan, State President BJP, Sri Durai Shankar, City  President of RSS, Sri A T Elangovan, City Secretary of Hindu Munnani will participate in the protest.


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