Temple to remove statues resembling movie stars

THE Sri Sakthi Easwari Temple in Petaling Jaya will remove several statues on its gopuram (tower) which are said to resemble Indian movie stars, Malaysia Nanban reported.

After the recent kumbabishegam (reconsecration) ceremony at the well-known Sungei Way temple, some people noticed that the gopuram had statues resembling Indian actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Nayanthara on it, among statues of deities.Malaysia Hindu Sangam president T. Ganesan said the statues had been surreptitiously placed among the other deity statues on the gopuram by artisans from India who built the tower 12 years ago.

The temple committee chairman gave his assurance that the offending statues would be removed, Ganesan said.

> A 90-year-old man in India has been handed a life sentence for his involvement in the infamous 1981 killing of 10 people from the Dalit (untouchable) community, Malay-sia Nanban also reported.The 10 victims were shot to death in Sadhupur, Uttar Pradesh, while two others, both women, were seriously injured.

The attack reportedly took place because the victims had complained about a sundry shop owner who was from a “higher caste”.

The sundry shop owner and nine of his accomplices fired indiscriminately at the victims who were cooking in their house, killing 10 of them.

Police charged a total of 10 suspects, but nine of them had since died as the case had dragged on.

The case was also delayed as Sadhupur, which means village of saints, was moved to different districts under different court jurisdictions. Eventually, the case came under the Firozabad district court which sentenced the only surviving suspect, Ganga Daval, 90, to life imprisonment.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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