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Madikeri: Kodagu Ekikarana Ranga, which distributes free food to devotees visiting the Talacauvery, has clarified that it accorded priority to sanitation in the pilgrim centre.
Responding statements on this issue, Thammu Poovaiah of the organisation said in a press release that a representative of the Kodi family (who are takkas or headman), two watchmen appointed by the Talacauvery-Bhagamndala Temple Committee and policemen stay at Talacauvery during evening in the Tula month (October 17 to November 17).
They never indulged in acts that defiled the sanctity of the place as had been alleged by a few persons from Bhagamandala.
Those who were complaining that waste generated at the spot joined the Cauvery should look at the trash dumped by shops, hotels and toilets at Bhagamandala and Talacauvery throughout the year.
Naming one of the people who had objected to free distribution of food for the last 20 years, Mr. Poovaiah said the person in question never raised any objection when he was part of the organisation from 1994 to 2004.
On the other hand, the person was now actively working with a group from Mandya which was indulging in free food distribution at Talacauvery for the last few years, he said.
Mr. Poovaiah took exception to the re-constituted Bhagamandala-Talacauvey Temple Committee in which Kodavas or the representatives of other principal inhabitant groups were left out for the first time.
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