Swami Paripoornananda of Hindu Raksha Vedika has sought an explanation from the government on his arrest and detention for seven hours when he went to visit the Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar on Monday.

Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, he questioned as to how a seer could be arrested and prevented from visiting a temple and that too on a festival day. “Is it secularism to discriminate and prevent one section from going to their place of worship,” he questioned.

Brief glimpse

Narrating Monday’s events, Swami Paripoornananda said he was stopped from proceeding to Bhagyalakshmi temple and shifted to the Kanchanbagh police station.

“I was held there for seven hours and later taken near the temple in the night and allowed a brief glimpse from the police van,” he said.

He also took objection on being told by a senior police officer that he was non-local. “How can I be non-local? Since when have the police started the restriction on only locals visiting a place of worship?” he asked.

Next course of action

Charminar was a heritage structure but that does not make it greater than a place of faith and worship, he observed.

In case of the government not coming out with an explanation soon, Swami Paripoornananda said he would take a decision on the next course of action.