Fri. Dec 1st, 2023
Banners put up outside the temples asking non-Hindus not to set up stalls in Karnataka fair

A fresh controversial banner has been put up in many temples of Karnataka, in which it has been written to Muslim organizations not to set up shops or stalls in the fairs held near the temples. The annual fair is to be organized on April 20 at Bappanadu Durgaparameshwari temple near Mangalore district of Karnataka. The temple land will be auctioned for setting up stalls in the fair.

However, the committees handling the management of the temples have denied any such order. State Minorities Commission Chairman Abdul Azim said on Wednesday that talks are on with the temple administration about not allowing non-Hindus to set up shops; the matter will be resolved soon.

Apart from Bappanadu Durgaparameshwari temple, a fair will also be organized at Mahalingeshwara temple in Puttur taluk. Similar banners have been seen here with the words ‘Those who do not respect the law and are against unity’. Those who kill the cows we worship. They will not be allowed to set up shop. Similar banners have also been seen in other temples including Mangaladevi Temple in Puttur, Polali Rajarajeshwari Temple.

The administrator of the Durgaparameshwari temple, Manohar Sethi, said that the temple administration has not put up such banners. Some people have put up banners here without our permission. No one has been stopped from setting up shops and stalls in the fair.

Mangaluru Police Commissioner Shashi Kumar said that who put up these banners is being investigated. If a citizen association files a complaint, the legal team will be consulted. He said that the Tehsildar is being sent to the spot. Further action will be taken on the basis of their report.

In the latest update news agency ANI reports, Karnataka Home minister has justified not allowing non-Hindus inside temple premises. He said “Some Muslims protested & closed shops after the Hijab verdict. It’s the next process (Muslims banned from trading in Hindu temple premises). Not allowing non-Hindus inside temple premises is permitted according to the existing law which Congress govt had brought”. 

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