Temple devotees to lodge report on claims of damage, assault

SUBANG JAYA: The devotees of a Hindu temple in Seafield say they will lodge a police report on the scuffle which took place with another group early this morning, claiming the temple was damaged and its members physically assaulted.

Save Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple task force leader S Ramaji said a group of people forced their way into the temple and told the devotees to leave.

In a press conference here, he said the temple furniture was destroyed and the main shutter of the altar in the priest room damaged.

He also alleged that he, along with the main priest and the temple leader were held captive by individuals armed with knives.

“An old lady with a walker, and young girls, were beaten and told to get out of the temple,” he said. “One fell down and they stepped on her chest.”

He said the police arrived on the scene after 4am.

World Hindu Council Malaysia president VK Raghu, who was also present at the press conference, claimed this was the 10th police report made by the group.

Chief priest J Sivasri meanwhile said the devotees had done nothing to provoke the incident and had only been praying and holding a vigil.

MIC president S Vigneswaran, who joined the press conference later, said the intentions of those involved in the scuffle were not clear.

However, he warned against politicising the issue, voicing confidence that the authorities would take the necessary action.

According to Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor, two men have been detained to facilitate investigations into the matter.

The men, both in their 30s, were arrested while seeking treatment at the Serdang Hospital for injuries sustained in the incident.

“Eighteen cars and two motorcycles were torched,” he told a media conference here earlier this morning.

“A police patrol car was also damaged by people hurling stones.”

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