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‘Private trusts illegally collected Rs 2 crore for HR&CE temple golden chariot’

‘Private trusts illegally collected Rs 2 crore for HR&CE temple golden chariot’

KALVADANGAM(Salem): Two trusts, one registered and the other unregistered, had been collecting money and ornaments from the public purportedly to make a golden chariot for a temple owned by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department without its permission.

The HR&CE department said they did not have any plan to make such a chariot for the Angalamman temple at Kalvadangam near Edappadi here.

"The trusts had been collecting cash from the public without the knowledge of HR&CE officials," said A Radhakrishnan, founder president of Thiruthondargal Sabai, a city-based NGO.

People of Kalvadangam and surrounding areas alleged that the trusts had swindled more than Rs 2 crore collected from them as cash and gold and silver ornaments in the past three years.

Angalamman temple is a very old shrine in Salem. It is learnt that a few people from Kalvadangam formed an unregistered trust in the name of the temple, while some from Erode district formed another one and registered it as Kalvadangam Arulmigu Angalamman Vazhipattu Arakattalai in 2014.

According to Radhakrishnan, both the trusts had collected cash and gold and silver ornaments from the public in the name of the golden chariot. "The receipts provided by the unregistered trust did not have any serial number, while the other had serial numbers," he said.

Radhakrishnan said this was not the first instance of people collecting money in the name of the Angalamman temple. "A group of people had formed a committee for chariot in 1993. At that time, the HR&CE department had convened a meeting with them but failed to take any action against them," he said and urged HR&CE officials to take action against the miscreants for swindling public money.

When TOI contacted the managing trustee of Kalvadangam Arulmigu Angalamman Vazhipattu Arakattalai S Muthusamy, he denied all charges. "We don't have any permission from the HR&CE department to collect money or gold for the golden chariot. It's our family deity and we have done many things for the temple. A wooden chariot is ready and we need to fix golden plates to it. We will hand it over to the HR&CE department before March 2018," he said. Muthusamy told TOI that he was ready to disclose the accounts at any time to anyone.

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