A man created nuisance during the Dussehra rituals at Malikarjun Devsthan, Betki, Khandola-Goa, injuring three persons with a sword early on Tuesday. The man identified as Gurdas Gawade, who is a government servant along with his brother Gokuldas Gawade had a scuffle with the devotees at the temple over religious rituals. In a fit of anger, Gurudas damaged the idol and the decorations at the temple and also attacked three persons with the temple sword. Read the full report here.
The Ponda Police have arrested the duo and registered an offense. According to the temple committee members, every year on the day of Dussehra, Tarrang rituals are held at the temple. This year too, the rituals started at 7 am. But after some time Gurudas entered the temple claiming to be the ritual performer and tried to grab the tarang decorated by the locals.
As the locals refused to hand over the tarang, he damaged the decorations. The locals moved him out and decorated the tarang again but after some time Gurudas started shouting form outside and tried to enter the temple again. In order to control him, locals went outside. However he started dodging them and entered the temple again and locked it from inside. Claiming to have all rights over the deity, he removed the idol and thus irking the locals, who tried to stop him at the temple entrance. But his brother Gokuldas gave him a sword to make way through the locals. Over 400 people were present at that time in the temple who got irked and a scuffle took place. Three persons namely Surya Jalmi, Pradeep Haldankar, and Riddesh Sungtankar were injured in the sword attack.
It may recall that last year during Dussehra, Gokuldas had tried to disturb the activity but timely intervention of Police had prevented the untoward incident, said, villagers. This year too villagers had intimated Police and since last night patrolling was on. Police were present during the scuffle but they were helpless, told onlookers.
Ponda Police has registered an offense against Gurudas Gaude and Gokuldas Gaude for damaging the place of worship followed by a complaint lodged by Sungtankar.