Saturday March 25 2006 13:08 IST
CHIKMAGALUR: Karnataka Komu Sowharda Vedike leaders alleged that the district administration had restrained devotees from performing rituals as per the Sufi customs during the recently-concluded three-day Urs at the cave shrine Datta Peeta atop Bababudangiri hills.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Komu Sowharda Vedike state secretary K.L. Ashok pointed out that the district administration and State government had not permitted religious head Sha Quadri to smear sandal paste and cover tombs with new green cloth (gilf) as per the Sufi custom.
K L Ashok complained that the Janata Dal-Secular was systematically attacking minorities with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party The administration had restricted religious performances on the pretext of court direction, he added.
Recalling that the Court had asked the district administration to allow all customs that prevailed prior to 1975, he claimed that smearing sandal paste and covering the tomb with new cloth was the custom earlier too.
Without following these rites the Urs was not complete. So Sha Quadri was forced to postpone the Urs date.
Gouse Moiddin clarified that another day for the Urs would be fixed after collecting the opinion of minority community.
Komu Sowharda Vedike leader Ahobalpathi, district secretary Puttaswamy and Mahila Jagarthi leader Shantha were present.