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Posted at: Jun 12, 2019, 7:01 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2019, 7:01 AM (IST)

Priest alleges illegal custody of temple

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 11

A priest of temple Ved Vyas situated in the vicinity of Kali Mata Mandir has complained to the Deputy Commissioner of illegally taking the control of the temple by some unidentified people.

In his complaint, priest Pandit Yadvinder Sharma said some unidentified people barged into the temple by breaking open the lock on June 5 and vacated the temple.

He claimed that all religious things, including historical pictures and idols, were missing from the temple. Yadvinder informed that the foundation of the historical temple, Ved Vyas, was laid by the then Maharaja of Patiala, Mahendra Singh.

He said his forefathers were asked to perform rituals at the said temple and his family had been doing religious ceremonies at the temple ever since its foundation.

He has made an appeal to the Deputy Commissioner, who is chairman of the Dharam Arth Board, that he should immediately intervene to restore the historical temple.

He said: “I have written to him (Deputy Commissioner) to take strict action against the guilty for hurting the sentiments of devotees and restore the temple.”

He said he had been running from pillar to post, but the administration had ignored his plea.

He said he had also given a written complaint to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) on the issue.

Moreover, an advocate said the police should register an FIR under Section 295-A for hurting religious sentiments.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Kumar Amit said: “I have asked the superintendent of Kali Mata Mandir to check the complaint.”

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