Tension prevailed in Tarsali area of the city on Tuesday after police stopped construction of a temple and detained leader of Opposition Chinnam Gandhi in Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and 14 others. Officials of the VMC had demolished a Hanuman temple at the same site on Monday.
The officials of Encroachment Removal Department (ERD) of the civic body razed Jagrut Hamuman temple in Padam Park in the locality saying it was illegal. Right opposite the demolished temple stands another temple.
However,Gandhi,in a release alleged that BJP-ruled VMC had demolished the 10-year-old temple to please builder by clearing land for the latter. The temple was epitome of religious belief of the residents of the area. BJP and VHP workers have conspired to clear the land around the temple for the builder in the party. BJP claims to the champion of Hinduism but it has hurt feelings of many Hindus by demolishing the temple, Gandhi said.
On Tuesday,Hanuman devotees started construction of another temple at the same site in the morning.
However,police intervened in the afternoon and stopped construction. As he protested police action,Gandhi and 14 others,a few among them women,were detained by Makarpura police and were taken to police headquarters.
Makarpura police said Gandhi and others were detained under Section 68 of Gujarat Police Act to maintain public peace. They were not released till late in the evening.