P.V. Srividya

SIRKAZHI: Dalits at Maathur village in Semmanarkoil here entered a Mariamman temple on Monday afternoon.

It was an impromptu move by the district administration after the two days of unsuccessful peace meetings held between the Caste Hindus and the Dalits.

The Dalits in the village were not allowed to enter the temple as a practice.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India had inspected the village in mid- December and filed a memorandum with the district administration on the prevalence of the practice.

Later, CPI (M) had tentatively proposed a temple entry for December 30.

On hearing the news of their arrival, Caste Hindu people reportedly locked the doors of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and left the village.