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  1. 1. THENKASI TOWN UNDER THE STRANGLEHOLD OF ISLAMIC TERRORISTS Pudhuvai Saravanan quot;80% of the population is Hindu, while 80% of all trading is in the hands of Muslims in Thenkasi.quot; I board at the new bus terminus On the 14th of August, three in Thirunelveli. After finding a seat in members of one family in Thenkasi a bus to Thenkasi, I ask for two tickets were violently hacked to death. That to Thenkasi, the bus conductor stares the people of Thenkasi are yet to at us steadily for a minute. The bus is recover from this horror, is evident full, yet a deathly quiet hovers in the even at the start of our bus trip from bus. The bus starts, picks up speed, Thirunelveli to Thenkasi. On arrival at on both sides of the road our eyes Thenkasi, as we walk a few yards into feast upon lush, green fields. Yet, one the town from the bus stop, we pass just finds fear in the eyes of the bus the ancient Kulasekara Nathar Temple passengers. A cool breeze from the on the road. fabled Podhigai hills wafts through the bus comforting us, and yet all we can Thenkasi, a small town, feel is a grim wretchedness. population: 75,000, functions as a very busy hub. On a normal day thousands of people pass through the town from the neighboring villages. But now it looks empty like a small village, with very few people on the streets. All shops are open but no shoppers to be seen, and no business takes place; the bazaar looks deserted. All around town one sees shiny large ads for Haji Mustafa's textile and jewelry shops. Even on the mounds and public announcement posters of the traffic police, Haji Mustafa's ads are more prominent. Hindus of Thenkasi accuse the owner of Haji Mustafa shops of financing Muslim Terrorists. But the police are thick with the owners of Haji Mustafa shops. Haji Mustafa textile shop has heavy police protection now. Page 1 of 16
  2. 2. Thenkasi Municipality has 35 wards. In 8 of these wards Muslims V.T.S. Rahman Batcha, a are the sole residents. Muslims are prominent industrialist and business well distributed even in other wards. owner in town, who is accused as the In the town, Muslims are about 20% of mastermind behind the murders of the population but 80% of the town's Kumar Pandian and his brothers, is business is in their hands. In grocery said to be absconding according to stores, textiles, medical, electrical, the police. His house and shops are electronics shops, hotels, and under full police protection. Police vegetable shops, everywhere Muslims say that they are on the look out for dominate. Most of the Hindus are him. But auto drivers and some either day laborers or wrap beedis for people in town told us that Rahman living. We find women labourers Batcha is seen going for a walk wrapping beedis all around the Town everyday. of Thenkasi. Even in agriculture Hindus are few in number. We visited the site where Muslims are trying to build a prayer There are about 15,000 to 20,000 centre. It is about 100 meters away on Muslims in town. There are more than a street that is directly opposite Kasi 50 Islamic institutions such as Arabic Viswanathar temple. On the disputed school, madrassa, prayer centres, site, there is a hotel by name Ananda mosque, and dharga. Whichever Bhavan. It is owned by a Muslim. We direction one turns there will be a inquired in the street about it. 'During madrassa or a mosque or an Arabic the Karthikai Deepam festival there school. The very structure of the town used to be a bonfire in this site. shows that it is an ancient town. 15 Before Muslims tried to build the days after the horrible murders of the prayer centre, there was a government 14th August, all streets in the town run primary school here. Later there have police on them. Wherever was an Ice factory, after which a public Muslims reside exclusively the police toilet came about, say the people on are on guard in full strength. the street. The people in Thenkasi say that since Muslims have money power and political influence, they dominate everything. Page 2 of 16
  3. 3. King Parakrama Pandian built the murders (August 14th) police the famous Kasi Viswanathar temple in permitted the TMMK ambulances to Thenkasi. All the shops opposite the operate freely. A common view found temple are owned by Muslims. even among ordinary people like Muslims have tried many times to women who wrap Beedis is that encroach upon a mantap opposite the whoever is posted as a Police official temple that was built for worshippers' in Thenkasi, they favor the Muslims, resting. They have not given up on which is why the present situation has that and are still trying, say some old arisen. Senthil, brother of Kumar men. Pandian, who was hacked to death by Muslims, was struggling for life when Auto drivers tell us that the TMMK ambulance picked him up and Muslim writ runs in the town. We took him along for a few meters. The inquired on what grounds they say minute they realized who it was, they this. quot;V.T.S. Rahman is funding the threw the body down on the street and terrorists, everybody knows this. But drove away. Many members of the the R.T.O office is on a site owned by public saw this incident. him. In the evening, youths from many organizations like TMMK (Tamil Nadu After 14th august, there was a Muslim Munnetrak Kazhagam), Tawhid peace meeting. The Meeting was held Jamaat, Najjaat, MNP (Manitha to discuss the resolution to the Needhip Paasarai -a muslim front dispute arising out of encroachment organization ostensibly standing for and prayer centre construction social justice and human rights) and attempted by Muslims on the temple Muslim Auto drivers assemble in the land which led to the murders of R.T.O office. That is where many Hindus. But at the end of the meeting things are plotted' they say. a Muslim gentleman got up and said sarcastically, 'You are all assembled TMMK, Tawhid Jamaat, Najjat here. If we all work together, we can and MNP, all religious fundamentalist finish building the prayer centre (Palli organizations, each of them has their vasal in Tamil)'. That he said this in own auto stands. In these stands the presence of high police officials Hindu auto drivers can't park their shocked the assembled Hindus. But vehicles, whereas Muslim auto drivers the police officials looked on with no routinely park their vehicles in auto reaction whatever. stands in Hindu areas. In Thenkasi, Muslims do not board Hindu owned D.S.P of Thenkasi, Mr. autos, they check first to see if the Mayilvahanan, has banned customary auto is Muslim owned. Hindus don't events like dances, songs, puppetry, have any such discriminating view, Oyilattam in all the temple festivals in they travel in any and all autos. and areas around Thenkasi. But all Muslim festivals are being permitted TMMK runs an Ambulance freely. That is a claim of made openly service in Thenkasi. Even ordinary by the public in Thenkasi. In sum, folks say that these ambulances since the police and the state in Tamil smuggle arms. But even on the day of Nadu are acting blatantly in favor of Page 3 of 16
  4. 4. Muslims, the Hindus in Thenkasi are but the Hindus of Thenkasi are all feeling like orphans adrift. Kutralam incensed due to the Muslim extremist hills may be providing a cool climate activities that go unchecked in the in town, the Podhigai breeze may be area. dancing through the town of Thenkasi, Demands of Thenkasi Hindus! • Institute a C.B.I inquiry on Kumar Pandian's murder • Prohibit the building of Islamic prayer centre on the Temple land • Monitor Muslim terrorist organizations in Thenkasi and ban them • Police should stop charging innocent Hindu youth with imaginary offenses. Release all Hindu youths who were taken into custody after August 14th. • Prohibit the function to be organized on December 6th • Government should offer jobs to the widows of Kumara Pandian and his brothers who were murdered by Muslim terrorists. All educational expenses of the children of these killed youth should be borne by the State which caused the deaths by neglecting its duty to the people. Page 4 of 16
  5. 5. Religious convert becomes a murderer Pudhuvai Saravanan that my son converted to Islam.', Abdullah is one of the Muslim terrorists agonizes Karuppaiah Pillai. who killed Kumar Pandian. He was recently converted from Hinduism into His daughter weeps inconsolably as she Islam. Neduvayal Achanputhur is a small talks. quot;My brother was a good man earlier. town, 8 kilometers from Thenkasi, and it is After he started interacting with Muslims here Karuppaia Pillai, his father lives. his behavior changed. Muslims converted Abdullah was formerly Murugesan, one of him and have now made him a murderer'. the four sons of the couple Karuppaia 'It is his friendship with Muslims that has Pillai and Maariammal. destroyed us' asserts Karuppaia Pillai. He is in poor health now. He has trouble in Muslims are in considerable numbers in getting up or standing. Achanputhur. There is a big mosque in this town. For the first time the town Religious conversion can so easily Panchayat has a Muslim president, M. destroy a family and a community. This Ayub. We met Karuppaia Pillai in his family's agonies are a clear example of house at Achanputhur. He runs a small such destructive results. Karuppaia Pillai grocery shop. It is a family in humble declined to be photographed. But we took conditions. When we visit them, some pictures of the town, as can be seen Karuppaia Pillai’s married daughter is on this page. home. Murugesan got converted just four years ago. Those intellectuals who dismiss religious conversion as a problem will do better to 'When I heard that my son converted to look at such incidents again and judge the Islam, I went to Kutralam, shaved my head ill-effects. This is a lesson in impending and did all the last rites one performs for disaster all across the country in the dead people. When people ask me about coming decades as Islamists pursue their my son, I tell them that he died. My wife deadly agenda of destruction of Hindu Maariammal, who was in good health, fell society by resorting to conversions. ill suddenly and died, soon after she heard Page 5 of 16
  6. 6. KUMARA PANDIAN’S FAMILY Gomathi (26), wife of Senthil, the third brother killed. Then we see their children Hariharan (13), Bhuvaneswari (11), Thangarani (9), Swarnabala (9), Azagu Dwaraka (4), Prabhakaran (1 3/4), Swathika (2 1/2) and Muthuram (8 months). A pall of deathly quiet hangs over Thenkasi, as we visit Kumara Pandian’s family that lost four of its young men to Islamic terrorism, to find The fear and the grief on their out how they are coping with their faces brought tears to our eyes. Their tragic losses. His family lives in grief is even more intense now, since Thenkasi Malyan Street. There is Kumara Pandian's brother Sakthi police security on the street corner Pandian is in the custody of the Police. and in front of the Subramanya swami The family has lost faith in the judicial temple that is nearby. The entire street system, since Sakthi Pandian had is eerily silent. been under police guard twenty four hours a day for a while now, yet he As we walk on the street, scared was arrested in a murder case. faces pop up in several houses along the street. We feel a sadness welling in Ravi Pandian, another surviving our hearts as we get into Kumara brother of Kumara Pandian, spoke Pandian’s house. We meet his brother with us. When we raise a point, quot;the Ravi Pandian, mother Azagammal, and police say that your brothers attacked wife Jeyanthi (age 37). We meet firstquot;, he replies, quot;In all of history you Malathi (35) wife of Sekar, another won’t find any instance where the brother killed; Kokila (24) wife of Hindus attacked first. It is always the Suresh, a second brother killed, and Muslims who begin attacks. That is Page 6 of 16
  7. 7. what happened on this August 14th they are conducting a false massacre too.quot; His eyes reflect an propaganda, labeling this conflict as a overwhelming sadness at the loss of feud between two families. Kumara four brothers to a gruesome massacre. Pandian was killed specifically for two reasons. First, he opposed building the mosque on temple land; Second, he was working on buying an ambulance on behalf of the Hindu Munnani (Hindu Front). After he was killed, my other brother Sakthi Pandian took over the leadership of Thenkasi town's Hindu Munnani. That is the reason for these recent massacres. This is not a family feud. These are murders entirely for religious reasons.quot; said Ravi Pandian, trying hard to control his sobs as he spoke. quot;You have lost four of your brothers due to this problem. What can be the solution in your opinion?quot; We ask. He replies, quot;Building a Mosque on the temple land should be banned. In that place, currently Muslims are performing namaz. That should be stopped. 100 meters away from this site under dispute, V. T. S. Rahman Batcha has his own land. Why don’t they build a mosque there?quot; The murders of Kumara Pandian and his brothers have made their 8 children fatherless children. Of these, five are girls. They study in government run schools. When Kumara Pandian was killed on 17th December, 2006, his wife Jeyanthi was near term pregnant. Now she has an infant son, Muthuram, who is 8 months old. quot;After this massacre, the police Kumara Pandian, Suresh, Sekar are trying to prevent any awareness of and Senthil were the pillars of the the problem arise among Hindus or family. Now that all the four are killed, Thevar solidarity arise around this. So Page 7 of 16
  8. 8. the family is utterly devastated. There are four women with no source of support, all widowed at the same time living under one roof, and 8 children who all lost their fathers in one fell swoop. How does such evil happen? How do we find ways to console them? In what language can we find words to bring any solace to them? Page 8 of 16
  9. 9. “MUSLIMS DO NOT LOVE THIS LAND” An interview with Sorna Thevar Pudhuvai Saravanan, Rajendran What is the main reason for Sorna Thevar is a father who lost four these horrible murders? of his sons to Islamic terrorists. We met him at his home in Thenkasi for My son (Kumara Pandian) was ‘Vijayabaharatham’. He had an eye town leader for Hindu Munnani. He had operation few days before the been opposing the building of mosque massacre of his sons. Weeping over on a plot of land that belongs to Kasi his three sons’ hacked bodies Viswanathar temple. On December 6th, worsened his eyes, and he had to get Muslims posted a big banner near the another surgery done on his eyes. He temple and were causing a lot of had just returned from the Hospital. trouble. My son opposed this as well. What follows here is from our meeting. Enraged Muslims hacked my son Kumara Pandian to death on 17-12- (14-08- What happened that day (14-08- 2006. 2007)? Abdulla and Hanifa, who were On 14-08-07, my son Senthil was arrested for killing my son, were traveling in a car, when a group of released on bail recently. A few Islamic murderers waylaid the car and months after Kumara Pandian was attacked him with weapons. When killed, Tamilnadu Muslim Munnetrak news reached us, my other sons Kazhagam's Thirunelveli district leader Suresh and Sekar rushed there to save Maitheen Seit Khan was killed by some their younger brother. Islamic unidentified people. Police said it was terrorists, who were more than ten in due to intra Muslim rivalry. But after number, hacked all my three my sons few days, they arrested my younger to death and escaped. son Senthil for that. Senthil recently got the bail. Abdullah and Hanifa who were arrested for Kumara Pandian Page 9 of 16
  10. 10. murder case and Senthil who was Pandian were came out on bail, arrested in Maitheen Seit Khan Murder Muslims held Briyani feasts for them. case were ordered to sign in everyday To provoke and anger the Hindus, at Thenkasi women's police station. Muslims here celebrated terrorists Abdulla and Hanifa always come to coming out on bail like a festival. Police station with weapons. Police detected the weapons, but let them off Don’t the newspapers say with no action taken. My sons were attacked that your sons attacked first? killed at this juncture. On the side of Muslims 3 people Police say that the family have lost the life and seven people are feud is behind this massacre? wounded. On the side of the Hindus, only my three sons were murdered. If That is a blatant lie. There is no my sons have planned this, would they family feud between our family and go alone? Muslims have planned this Muslims. I have been in congress attack. How is it possible for 10 people party from my childhood. I had been to assemble with lot of arms and the town leader of the Congress party. weapons at the same time on the same Even now, I hold the post of vice day, without pre-planning? It is a clear president in Thirunelveli west district planned attempt to target and destroy congress committee. I have many my family members. Muslim friends due to this. My sons were killed since they opposed building a mosque on the temple land. This is the truth. Kumara Pandian opposed building a mosque on the temple land. Did your other sons oppose that as well? Kumara Pandian was leader of the town’s Hindu Munnani. After he was killed, my other son Sakthi What is the reason to target your Pandian became the leader of town family? Hindu Munnani. This massacre is done by those Muslims who are enraged by My son Kumar Pandian had this. Those Muslims who killed opposed the building a mosque on the Kumara Pandian have vowed in front temple land. After he was killed, my of police high officials, ‘we will come other son Sakthi Pandian took up the out on bail and kill more people.” This responsibility as the leader of Hindu was witnessed by many people among Munnani. These are the main two the public. So, this massacre reasons for this massacre. It is not the happened for religious reasons. When first time that Thenkasi Muslims have the terrorists who killed Kumara resorted to violence and killing. From Page 10 of 16
  11. 11. 1925 onwards, Muslims are causing Using their money power, the got the problems. I stopped the Moharrum resolution passed in the Township. festival that was used to target and Collector Dhanavel also approved the insult Hindus. (Sorna Thevar had listed building of mosque there. Immediately, the killings and riots that were done by the Muslims became ready to start Muslims since 1925 in Thenkasi. That building the mosque. Bricks, sand and is to be published as a separate piece) other stuff started coming there. It is at that time, my son Kumara Pandian Did the mosque exist in the gathered the Hindus in the town and controversial land already? started Satyagraha and fasting to stop the building of the mosque. Some newspapers have As the opposition grew, the reported that the mosque exists mosque building stopped. This already and the controversy is due to happened during the DMK rule. Then the expansion of the mosque. This is ADMK came to power. Collector was not true. The land on which Muslims changed. The new Collector are trying to build the mosque belongs temporarily banned the building of to Kasi Viswanathar Temple. There are mosque as there is lot of opposition to enough proofs regarding this. I know that. For few years, the Muslims kept that a government school operated their peace. When DMK came to power from that place. Those who studied in in 2006, the Muslims started building that school and who taught in that the mosque again. Again my son school are still around. opposed this. Hence they hacked my After the school got its own son to death. Whenever DMK is in building, it shifted. Then a Muslim took power, Muslims start the trouble and a lease of that land to run an ice achieve whatever they want. factory. Since then Muslims have used that place as a urinal. For many years, that place was used as a urinal for Your son Sakthi Pandian Muslims of Thenkasi bazaar. This is arrested... has been arrested... known to everyone here. Suddenly one day, they put up a board that said After Kumara Pandian was quot;Thenkasi bazaar mosquequot; and started killed, Sakthi Pandian took over the doing namaaz in the same place where leadership of Hindu Munnani with they had a urinal for all these years. courage. Sakthi Pandian already has police protection. There is a policeman No one opposed? with him 24 hours. Even then, they arrested him in this case. When we It is true that the Hindus turned questioned this action, the police say a blind eye to this. Encouraged by this, we have to arrest him since the Muslims approached the Thirunelveli Muslims have filed a complaint against district collector then, one Mr. him. Dhanavel, and asked for permission to start a mosque there. He promised A week before Kumara Pandian approval if the Thenkasi Township was killed, Thenkasi Industrialist V T S passed a resolution approving this. Rahman Batch's brother had come to Page 11 of 16
  12. 12. Kumara Pandian's house. He had vegetables. While he was working for enticed him, quot;Don’t oppose building a 800 rupees per month salary, he built a mosque. We will give you 12 Lakhs if huge bungalow and invited his you drop your opposition. After the employer for the house warming party. mosque is built, we would give you a Immediately looking at the huge shop in that building that will remain bungalow of VTS Rahman Batcha, his rent free for your entire lifequot;. My son boss terminated his employment. Then Kumara Pandian’s firm reply was, Rahman Batcha started his own quot;Suppose I withdraw my objection to grocery shop. the mosque, after taking your money. You could finish the mosque. But, It is said that Rahman Batcha some day Hindus would demolish that who is running an ordinary grocery mosque, may be even after 100 years. shop owns several crores worth Just like Babar’s building that was property. He has been accused of built over the Ram Temple was involved in Hawala. VTS Rahman destroyed after hundreds of years, Batcha's money is funneled into Thenkasi Mosque too would be Islamic terrorist activities. So we demolished. If that happens, Thenkasi complained to police asking for his would witness huge riots. If Thenkasi arrest. He and his brother have is to remain peaceful, I can’t permit the repeatedly threatened Kumara Pandian mosque to be built herequot;. Within a many times. So, it is impossible that month after this, my son Kumara he is not related to the murder of my Pandian was killed. son. Even though a case has been filed against Rahman Batcha, police That is why we filed a complaint have not arrested him. against V T S Rahman Batcha, as we know that these murders can’t have There was a report that you taken place without his knowledge. staged a demonstration against The same police which did not act on our complaints against V T S Rahman the police. Batcha, jumped up with alacrity and arrested my son Sakthi Pandian After my three sons were killed, immediately, when Muslims filed a police high officials came to talk to complaint against my son. This clearly me. We refused to take the bodies of shows the police acting at the behest my three sons. Then we took the of the Muslims. bodies directly from the hospital to the cremation ground only for maintaining peace in Thenkasi. We did not want to Do you say that VTS be a cause for riots in Thenkasi. I Rahman batcha is connected to could have brought the bodies which the people who killed your son? were dumped in sacks to Thenkasi town. Had I done that, Thenkasi would 20 years back, this VTS Rahman have burned. For the sake of peace, Batcha was working for Gani & Co we cooperated with the police. grocery shop in Thenkasi, for 800 rupees salary per month. His father But soon after the cremation had a small shop selling fruits and was finished, police had started Page 12 of 16
  13. 13. showing their true colors. They started allow building a Ganapathi temple to arrest innocent Hindus on murder directly in front of a mosque or cases. Police, who came to Malyan madrassa? Street where our house is situated, started harassing the women and girls. You claim to have been a leader of To stop these atrocities, along with Thenkasi Congress party. Even about 50 women, we went to today you are the vice president of Subramanyar Temple in our street and Thirunelveli the Thirunelveli (west district) staged a protest against police congress party. Did any congress atrocities. Night time raids by police stopped only after this protest. leaders console you as you have lost four of your sons? An unimaginable horror has No. For the Congress party, happened. What is the solution Muslim votes are more important. for this? Maideen Khan who is a minister in the DMK government now, had come to I am a Gandhian. I suffered Thenkasi to meet and console the beatings for freedom at the age of 6. I Muslims who were injured. But he did am getting beaten even today for that. not come to meet us. Maideen khan We want peace. But I don't see an end had met in Palayamkottai jail the to these massacres. Muslims do not murderers of my sons under the love this land. If they do love this land, pretext of inspecting the Jail. It is said would they kill so many people for a that Maideen Khan had helped mosque? surreptitiously those Muslims who were affected by these incidents. If mosque is an issue, would not a solution be arrived, if the What is the state of your mind Hindus give up the opposition? now? We are scared. We are very The place where the Muslims afraid that they will kill the remaining want to build the mosque belongs to family members. the centuries old Kasi Viswanathar Temple. That place is directly in front of the Ambaal sannathi. It is just 100 meters from there. In this place, the Hindus build a bonfire. When the Ambal chariot comes around, it is at this place, Ambal would grace the population. If the mosque is opened there, nothing would be allowed there. Muslims would ask Hindus to stop the celebratory music and playing drums in front of the mosque. If the mosque is built, the peace in Thenkasi would have to be written off. Would they Interviewers: PudvaiSaravanan, Rajendran Page 13 of 16
  14. 14. Tragedies from 1925 Pudhuvai Saravanan • In 1925, during the British rule, Muslims of the area petitioned the district collector to grant them Patta for the land in an area called Vandipettai, which was all around the Teppak kulam (Temple Pond) of Kasi Viswanathar temple. The father of Mr. Venkatramanan, an MLA of Thenkasi during later years, vehemently opposed this attempt to grab the temple lands. The British collector visited the place in person News about the massacres in to check the truth of the matter. Thenkasi has always been one sided Muslims had occupied the plot reports so far. Asst. D.G.P overnight and were putting on a Vijayakumar, D.I.G. Kannappan, S.P. show of cooking food in that plot. Sridhar and other police personnel They approached the Collector and are issuing statements to the effect pleaded, ‘We have lived here for that the massacres were due to many years’ which were of course a ‘rivalry between two families’. Media bundle of lies. Venkatramanan’s builds these statements up and father who was present protested publicizes them. Truth is just the and argued, ‘These people occupied opposite. All these have nothing to this plot just last night. Inspect their do with family rivalry or quarrels. utensils. They are brand new and Kumara Pandian, a leader of Hindu shiny. If these people are living here Munnani in Thenkasi town, was for a long time won’t their utensils struggling sincerely to raise the look like used utensils? They are consciousness of Hindus in plotting to deceive you by occupying Thenkasi, and that is why he was this plot en masse’. The Collector hacked to death on 17-12-2006 at 10 saw through the game of Muslims p.m. in the town. It is not for the first and refused to grant Patta to them. time a Hindu representative has sacrificed his life for the cause of • During 1952, Hindus of the Hindus in this town. Since 1925 there area protested sharply against have been planned attacks against permitting Mohurrum processions Hindus in the area, and these being permitted to pass through the massacres are just a continuum of Aluppu mandapam (a building where these planned attacks. We present pilgrims and worshippers at the below a compilation of such events. temple rest) that belonged to Kasi Viswanathar Temple. One, Kozhumbu Sankaran Pillai who Page 14 of 16
  15. 15. protested this permission of a Mosque there. This plot of land vehemently, had to run away from the belonged to the Municipality of town in a hurry, because Muslims Thenkasi, where an earlier Chief were out to kill him in their Minister, Kamaraj Nadar, had laid a murderous rage. foundation stone for a water tank for providing drinking water. So there was meeting for compromise. Muslims said if Hindus removed the Vinayaka statue, they will not construct a mosque. Authorities agreed to this compromise. Muslims won this round by staging this drama, and the Vinayaka statue was removed. But no water tank was built in that plot till date. Now Muslims claim that the Wakf board owns the plot, and are trying to build a mosque there. • During 1980, Muslims staged a • Muslims used to celebrate mass conversion at Meenakshipuram Milad-e-Nabi in an area near the near Thenkasi, which shook the temple Flagstaff which was placed nation and made it sit up and take near a bridge over a canal (Vaaykkaal notice. Palam). During 1972 they grabbed a plot near the above mentioned • During 1982, Ramagopalan Aluppu Mandapam, where the deity presided over a big meeting of Hindu of Kasi Viswanathar temple used to Munnani in Thenkasi. Police filed be displayed on festival days for the false cases against Hindus who public view, and named it as participated in this meeting causing ‘Hameedia Thidal’ (Hameedia Maidan) them a lot of hassle over many years. and celebrated Milad-e-Nabi there. Hindus of the area decided to break • Till about 20 years ago, this practice and land grab, and Muslims used to conduct an event in installed a Vinayaka statue in this which they used to mock Hindus, plot and started worshipping. during the Mohurrum festival times. Muslims set fire to the thatched roof In 1986 when the Mohurrum over the Vinayaka statue. There was procession came along the South a big riot in town. A case was filed street, Muslims hurled chappals and against Hindus for this. stones at Thyagi Ramanatha Iyer, and the then Thenkasi M.L.A. • In order to oppose the Hindus, Venkatramanan and attacked them. Muslims claimed that a Maulvi was Sorna Thevar, father of Kumara interned on a spot near the Flagstaff Pandian, was one person who stood (of the temple) and raised a shed against such hooliganism of Muslims there, in preparation for construction and fought against such anti-Hindu Page 15 of 16
  16. 16. festivities. Mohurrum festivities were RSS Meeting, asking them not to stopped after this incident. The sport Kumkum on their forehead people of Thenkasi now believe that it is in revenge for this stopping of • Some 30 years back, Thenkasi Mohurrum that Kumara Pandian and Amman temple conducted Thavasi his brothers were killed. festival. At that time, the Muslim baloon vendors insulted the Hindu • During 1987, Bharathi women using obscene words. This Subramaniam, a leader of Hindu resulted in riots. Munnani was stabbed on the day of Bakrid. It was around 6 p.m. when he While Thenkasi's real history is like was stabbed. Those who arranged this, the police are spreading the this stabbing are big industrialists canard that this massacre is really a today, and they went unpunished. result of a family feud. Since the police are hiding the truth and acting at the behest of the Islamic terrorists, the Hindus are forced to live in fear. This was published in Vijaya Bharatham Tamil magazine 21-9-2007 . Translated pages from 8 to 19. • Muslims have been trying to grab this plot of land where during the Karthikai festivals the deity will stay for a while for public viewing. On 27-12-1990, even though a large number (majority) of Town council members opposed it, a resolution to build a mosque in this plot of land was declared passed. There was a hunger strike against it, and cases were filed against Hindus who participated in the hunger strike. The cases went on for many years. • On 14-12-2001, Muslims attacked the people returning from an Page 16 of 16