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KARUR: A large number of people mostly belonging to the Inam Karur municipal limits in Karur town sat on a protest fast here on Monday urging the State Government to rescind the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department order notifying temple lands and clamping a ban on transfer of such property.
The Department had notified numerous residential buildings, commercial buildings and establishments in Inam Karur area of the town as temple property and had banned their transfer.
The issue had been simmering for sometime now and public were not able to deal with them though they had been enjoying the property for several years and many had patta too.
It was in those circumstances that the public came together to stage a fast at Vengamedu on Monday to highlight their demand.
People from Inam Karur municipality and Karur Panchayat Union areas participated in the fast that was conducted near the Kamarajar statue.
L. Thangavel led the fast organised among others by V. M. Balusamy and M. Kittusamy, all from Inam Karur area. The protestors drew support from DMK district secretary Vasuki Murugesan, party Karur Union secretary K. Kandasamy, party volunteers’ wing Jayabal, MDMK town secretary P.K. Thangaraj, Puthiya Tamilagam district secretary R. Pandian and Tamil Nadu Kongu Ilaignar Peravai district president Karvendhan.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Vasuki Murugesan said that the DMK district unit would take all efforts to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
The State Government was seized of the issue and a positive decision would soon be taken once the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi returns from hospital, she added.
She observed that the party district unit had demanded that those who had possessed valid pattas prior to 1965 should not be disturbed.
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