Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Plea seeking entry ban on Devar Guru pooja dismissed

A public interest litigation seeking direction to the government not to permit people from other districts enter Ramanathapuram district to attend Devar Guru pooja was dismissed by the Madras high court's Madurai bench on Friday. The petition filed by K Balakrishnan, a resident of Velipattinam in Ramanathapuram, stated that communal clashes occur in Ramanathapuram during Devar Guru pooja, which is celebrated in Pasumpon village in Ramanathapuram district. The clashes during past celebrations resulted in loss of lives and damage of public property. The celebrations disturb the normal lives of the people residing in the Ramanathapuram district and bring bad name to the district. Besides, no industrialists would come forward to start their business in the district, the petitioner said. The petition also sought direction to ban the celebrations. The matter came up before the division bench of Justices M Jaichandren and M Venugopal on Friday. The additional advocate general K Chellapandian told the court that the movements of people cannot be stopped and instead, it can be regulated. Accepting it, the bench dismissed the petition.

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