Protesting against the government takeover of a temple and its premises, a youth tried to immolate himself on Saturday triggering tension in the Neyyar Dam area, Thiruvananthapuram. The Marakkunnam Kunnil Mahadeva temple was under the control of the Sree Rama Dasa Mission ashram, Chenkottukonam.
The local people have been protesting against the hostile takeover of the temple by the anti-Hindu government led by Pinarayi Vijayan. The trouble started when officials accompanied by police officials started the process for takeover. Although the locals tried to prevent the move, the officials went on with their work. Upset by this the youth poured kerosene over him and ignited himself. The locals doused the fire and took the youth to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College for treatment. The police are yet to identify the youth.
Hindus said the temple has been a major place of worship for the locals.