Dindigul: Dindigul district police booked nine people, including members of Hindu organizations, for allegedly spreading rumours and fake news regarding the quality of Panchamirtham served as prasadam at the Palani Murugan temple. This action was prompted by a complaint from the temple administration.

The Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Temple administration stated on Thursday that false rumours and fake news were being circulated, suggesting that the temple was providing spoiled or expired Palani Panchamirtham to devotees.

“Such false information was being spread by some people with malicious intent to stop the temple from serving Palani Panchamirtham so that only Panchamirtham prepared by them will get sales,” the temple authorities said.

The temple authorities lodged a formal complaint with the Palani Adivaram police. Subsequently, an FIR was registered against the nine individuals under Sections 143, 341, and 353 of the IPC, which include charges of unlawful assembly and using criminal force to obstruct a public servant from performing their duties. Among those booked are Senthilkumar from Vishva Hindu Parishad, Balan, Ajith, Padmanabhan, Raja, and Barani from Hindu Munnani, and Guna, Venkatesh, and Selvakumar from the BJP.

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