August 22, 2020
Coimbatore: Amid strict Government restrictions to install Ganesha idols in public places, nine VHP activists were detained here Saturday for defying the ban and installing the idols, even as Tamil Nadu Chief minister, K Palanisamy worshipped Lord Ganesha at his house in Salem Disrict.
Though majority of the pro-Hindu outfits had announced to celebrate Vinayaga Chathurthi by installing the idols in public, they preferred to keep the idols on temple premises and private places to celebrate the Festival.
However, two VHP activists who attempted to install the idols were arrested in Chinnavedampatti and seized one idol. Similarly, another idol for installation was seized at Veeriyampalayam, police said.
In total nine VHP men were arrested for defying ban and tried to install idols, even as 2,500 police personnel were deployed to keep strict vigil on the violators in and around the city.
A few Hindu Makkal Katchi preferred to celebrate the festival by installing the idols in bakeries and tea shops belonging to the workers.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Palanisamy offered prayers to Lord Ganesha in his house in Sooramangalam in Salem district.
Palanisamy, with face masks on, offered lamp worship to the idol, made of clay, along with his family members, official sources said.
In the meantime, pro-Hindu outfits like Hindu Munnani and Hindu Makkal Katchi members installed 1,500 Ganesha idols in temples and
Private places nearby Tirupur, strictly following the lock down guidelines.
Hindu Munnani state president, Kadeshwara Subramaniam, who warned the Government to install 1.5 lakh idol in public places, offered prayers to the seven-feet tall Ganesh idol installed in Kottai Eswaran temple in New Bus stand, there police said.
All the idols will be immersed in the evening as per the Government guidelines and places marked for immersion.