Argument over uprooting of saplings

A heated argument erupted between temple authorities and staff of a construction company over the uprooting of saplings in the premises of Apteshwar Siddhivinayak Temple at St Inez. A company official was allegedly beaten up during the melee. 

The incident occurred at about 2 pm when the construction employees allegedly uprooted saplings  in the temple premises without informing Devasthan authorities. 

“There is no dispute over the ownership as the construction company owns the property but the temple committee said it is currently in their possession and they should have been informed about it,” Panjim police inspector, Rajendra Prabhudesai, said. 

A complaint and counter complaint were lodged subsequently. PI Prabhudesai said both complainants have been asked to submit relevant documents, following which the status of the complaints will be decided. Meanwhile, a police force has been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident. [H]