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Janu given training abroad: Vedi

Janu given training abroad: Vedi

Author: Our Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: May 17, 2002

The Hindu Aikyavedi has alleged that the Adivasi leader, C. K. Janu, had visited Vatican and Germany many times to be trained as a spokesperson of Christian missionaries.

Addressing a press conference after submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister, A. K. Antony, here today, the general convener of the Hindu Aikyavedi, J. Sisupalan, said the vedi had ample proof in this regard. "We had supported her agitation, but she has been exposed with the Mathikettan issue. She is not the leader of all Advasis as she claims," he said.

"The Cross, which is a religious symbol, is being used of late to encroach the forest land. The 26 Crosses installed at Mathikettan should be removed within a month if not the vedi will encroach the forest land," the general convener said.

Welcoming the decision of the Cabinet to relieve the Revenue Department of the control of the Mathikettan shola, Mr. Sisupalan said it had sabotaged the plans of the Revenue Minister, K. M. Mani, to take over the forest land.

The president of Kerala Kshetra Samrakshana Samithy, P. Kerala Varma Raja, who was also present at the press conference, said the Government should end the control of political parties in the administration of temples and take steps to introduce a system in which the devotees had representation.

The unnecessary interference of political leaders had tainted the temple administration and had resulted in corruption, he said. Pointing out that the Malabar Devaswom Bill introduced in the Assembly would result in the destruction of Hindu charitable organisations, the vedi demanded amendments to it. The vedi also demanded immediate steps to pay salary and perks to the employees of the Malabar Devaswom on par with the employees of the Travancore and Kochi Devaswom Boards at present.

The vedi urged the Chief Minister to bring to book all the culprits involved in the December 7 incidents at Pathanamthita. The Government should pay compensation to the victims and expedite the inquiry to expose the real culprits.

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