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TN activist faces ‘threat’ from Hindu outfit for PIL against temple

The temple was razed Saturday on High Court’s order.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai, Chennai/ Bhubaneswar/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Bangalore | Published: December 8, 2014 1:23:48 am

“TRAFFIC” K R Ramswamy, an 82-year-old Chennai-based activist, has alleged that he has received threat calls from a Hindu outfit, Hindu Makkal Katchi, days after the Madras High Court on his PIL ordered the civic authorities to demolish an illegal temple outside its north gate.

The Needhi Kumariamman temple, which was razed midnight on Saturday, was believed to be built in early 1980s by local residents and hawkers for the “well-being” of the then chief minister M G Ramachandran, who was battling for life abroad at that time.

Ramswamy told The Indian Express that he received threat calls from five numbers on Saturday evening for his complaint against the temple. “I have complained to the state home secretary, the DGP and the city police commissioner seeking an immediate action. The city police has promised me that they will trace the numbers from which I received calls,” he said.

Ramaswamy claimed he got threat calls from Hindu Makkal Katchi.

Ordering the demolition of temple, HC said the city Corporation is expected to protect public property. Public places such as roads are not meant for construction of temple, mosque and church, the order said.

Though the HC ordered to raze the temple in last December, the AIADMK-run city corporation sought the review of the order, which was set aside by the court in its final order. The temple had regular ritual practices and worshipped several portraits of MGR.

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