Demolition of a Hanuman temple on the drive-in road in Ahmedabad by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) led to prorests by residents Tuesday morning. The city police was deployed at the site to control the situation.
The temple priest who is sitting on a fast near the demolished site claimed that there was no prior notice or information by the municipal authorities before carrying out the demolition drive of this 40 year old relatively small temple that took place on Monday night.
“I was shocked to see the temple demolished when I reached the temple for morning prayer with my son at around 8. The municipal authorities did not serve any notice or informed about the demolition. They have even taken away the idol,” said temple priest Tulabh Das (60).
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The priest further added, “Till the time they return the idol of this 40 year old temple I will sit here on a fast.”
The prorests in the morning led to traffic snarls on this busy stretch of road during peak hours.
On the other hand, AMC authorities said that the temple priest had built a larger structure at the place of the previous temple that led to its demolition.
The priest though accepted the fact that he had raised the structure of the temple. “Around 15-20 days back on the request of devotees I got the platform raised as they said they have a problem entering the temple,” said Das.
Estate Officer H R Shah said, “The priest had built a much larger structure so it had to be demolished. There is no need to serve any prior notice for this kind of demolition drive.”
On returning of the idol Shah said that if the temple priest assures the original structure to be retained they would return the idol.