Proposed clearing of illegal religious structures opposed
Members of various Hindu organisations blocked traffic at Hosur Circle in Hubli on Thursday night, urging the district administration not to go ahead with the proposed demolition of unauthorised religious structures in the twin cities.
The protesters, led by conveners of the Devasthana Samrakshana Samiti, including Subhash Singh Jamadar and Umesh Dushi, began the agitation around 8.30 p.m.
They alleged that the officials concerned had not consulted local people before issuing notice to the managements of such temples.
The district administration had promised that everyone would be taken into confidence in this regard. However, this had not been done, they alleged.
They said that notice had also been issued to managements of temples situated on civic amenities sites and in parks. Such structures were not causing any disturbance to the local residents, they argued.
They alleged that the Supreme Court observations in this regard were being misinterpreted, and that options for shifting such structures to alternative locations were not being looked into.
Vehicular traffic at the busy Hosur Circle came to a standstill during the protest which lasted for over an hour.
The protesters insisted that the Deputy Commissioner come to spot and speak to them. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Chandiram Singh and other senior officials tried to pacify them.
However, after the Deputy Commissioner conveyed through the Mr. Singh that he would convene a meeting in this regard in Dharwad on Friday 3 p.m. the protesters withdrew the agitation.