Chennai: Security arrangements have been put in place by the Tamil Nadu police for the 111th birthday anniversary of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar at Ramanathapuram, Madurai, on Tuesday. About 10,000 police personnel will be deployed to prevent any untoward happenstance, reported The Times of India. The police department had already detained many offenders ahead of the festival.
On duty officers who will be present during the three-day event comprise four Deputy Inspector General, 19 Superintendents and 45 Deputy Superintendent of Police. Strict action will be taken against anyone who is caught violating the law and order, said the police. Policemen are posted at the picket points marked in the 12 sectors of the district.
The Madurai city traffic police has geared up to handle the traffic in view of the 56th Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar guru pooja celebrations. The Madurai police has imposed a ban on trucks and other load vehicles from entering the city between 6 AM and 11 PM on Monday and Tuesday. Followers of Thevar will garland Thevar’s statue at the Goripalayam junction in Madurai. To ensure a smooth flow of traffic, passes are issued for vehicles travelling to Goripalayam to pay the homage. A prohibitory order under Section 144 of Cr Pc was imposed by the district administration. Liquor shops were also asked to down their shutters on Monday and Tuesday.
A report by The Hindu states that the Thevar memorial will be visited by leaders of various political parties, including Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, senior ministers, and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran.
Thevar Jayanthi is celebrated annually by the Thevar community in the southern districts of the state. A massive crowd is expected to visit Pasumpon village in Ramanathapuram district to pay homage for Muthuramalinga Thevar. Meanwhile, descendants of Thevar and his followers participated in the ceremonial guru pooja held at the Thevar memorial on Sunday.