Residents of localities near the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple staged a protest by squatting across the Coimbatore-Pollachi Road on Monday morning.

According to sources, the residents wanted the police to act against a trustee, who, they alleged, usurped the temple land, built a wedding hall and enjoyed the benefits there from.

The temple had 1.80-acre land. One of the trustees formed the Eachanari Vinayagar Narpani Arakkatalai (a trust), built the wedding hall with help from devotees and residents and then illegally transferred on his name the ownership of the land. On coming to know about the illegal act, the residents raised the issue with the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, which took it to the notice of Collector M. Karunagaran.

Mr. Karunagaran, after inquiry, ordered that the trustee concerned be removed from trusteeship and that his name be removed from the village chitta. Over and above the Collector’s action, the residents demanded that the police initiate action against the trustee and inclusion of one of them in the trust. Following assurances from the police, the residents gave up their protest. Their protest affected the traffic flow for 20 minutes on the busy road.

Dowry harassment case

Following a complaint by a 33-year-old, the All Woman Police, Central, have registered a dowry harassment case against a 37-year-old software engineer and his family.

The police said that the software engineer Ayyasamy, 37, working in Canada, demanded Rs. 20 lakh from his in-laws and refused to return the 90 sovereigns they gave him at the time of wedding four years ago. He also sent back his wife Deepa threatening that if she did not return with the money, he would marry. Following the complaint, the police have registered a case against Ayyasamy, his father Devannan, mother Chinnammal and sisters Saraswathy and Manju.

Three held

Peelamedu police have arrested Anwar (40), Madhavan (35) and Krishnan (35) on charges of duping a Cuddalore-based cashew dealer. The police said that after getting in touch with the trader Parasuraman of Panruti, the three asked him to come to Coimbatore with a consignment of one tonne.

Upon arrival they promised to pay Rs. 10 lakh for the cashew. After arriving in the city, when Parasuraman got in touch with the three, they asked him to wait near Peelamedu. Soon thereafter, the three went there, transferred the goods to the van they had taken with them and took Parasuraman to a nearby tea shop to only tell him that they would pay him soon.

Before Parasuraman could say no the three fled the spot in the vehicle.

Goods gutted at spinning mill

Seven tonnes cotton and 106 bags yarn were damaged in a fire that broke out at a spinning mill near Palladam. The police said that the incident happened on Sunday evening. The value of the goods damaged is being ascertained.

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