Cadres of Adi Tamilar Viduthalai Munnani and Untouchability Eradication Front entered the Vanniyakumarasamy temple at Kinathukadavu, near Pollachi on Sunday amid heavy police protection.
The agitation was led by State Convener of Adi Tamilar Viduthalai Munnani, Ravikumar and State Secretary of Untouchability Eradication Front Perumal. Over 50 workers, including women and children entered the temple in protest against discrimination of the Dalit community denying them temple entry.
Special puja was also held. Agitators asked the government to eradicate discrimination of Dalits and to take stringent action against twin-tumbler system and 67 forms of atrocities on SC/ST.
Over a hundred police personnel led by the Deputy Inspector General of Police G. Venkataraman, and Deputy Superintendent of Police Muthurasu were on bandobust duty to prevent untoward incidents.
Revenue Divisional Officer of Pollachi A. Alagirisamy and Tahsildar M. Ravichandran were also present. The members of the listed community hailed the Government for ending the discrimination and paving the way for their entry into the temple.