Latest Kerala Local News: Kerala Police asks for monthly donation from cops to run Kozhiko

The centuries-old temple of Sree Bhadrakali in Muthalakkulam was controlled by the police, with the town’s police commissioner serving as the chairman of the administrative committee.

sree bhadrakali templeFormerly known as Sree Annapoorneshwari Temple, the place of worship was renovated and renamed Sree Bhadrakali Temple in 2011. (Photo: Sree Bhadrakali Temple website)

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Kerala Police have withdrawn a controversial circular calling for monthly deductions from the salaries of all staff attached to the Kozhikode town police to meet administrative expenses at a force-run temple.

The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Mr. Ajith Kumar on Sunday ordered Kozhikode Police Commissioner, Rajpal Meena, to withdraw the order he issued on July 19, an official statement from the police headquarters said. The decision to withdraw the directive came after resentment from some of the Kozhikode police personnel.

The centuries-old temple of Sree Bhadrakali at Muthalakkulam in the city of Kozhikode was controlled by the police, with the city’s police commissioner serving as the chairman of the administrative committee.

On June 19, the Commissioner issued a circular informing all police personnel within the city limits that the temple committee had decided to deduct Rs.20 every month from their salary for temple administrative expenses. He said details of police personnel reluctant to contribute their share for the temple are expected to be provided to the commissioners office on July 24. A section of police personnel, sources said, were annoyed by the directive to single out those who do not contribute to the temple.

Formerly known as Sree Annapoorneshwari Temple, the place of worship was renovated and renamed Sree Bhadrakali Temple in 2011. Prior to independence, it was one of the places of worship run by uniformed forces to cater to the religious needs of the staff. The administration of a mosque and a church in the city, which belonged to the police, was then entrusted to the respective communities. However, the temple remained in the hands of the police who voluntarily contributed to its management. However, the practice was stopped due to protests within the police force two years ago.

First published on: 2023-07-24 at 13:56 IST

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