Nagapattinam, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Police today arrested three persons and was looking for four more in connection with the mysterious fire mishap, which partially burnt the Sandanakoodu (holy car decorated with sandal paste) at the famous Muslim Dargah of Nagore, near here on April 4 last.

Police said the Sandanakoodu made out of bamboo sticks by applying sandal paste on it and it used to be taken out in a procession, as part of the 14-day annual Kandoori festival, is underway now.

The Dargah of Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed Quadir Wali at Nagore is more than 500 years old. It has a golden dome, flanked by five minarets.

Saint Hazrath Syed Shahul Hameed was reportedly the 23rd descendant of Prophet Muhammad (Sal).

The death anniversary of this Saint is celebrated as 'Kandoori Festival' every year for 14 days.

The 457th annual festival commenced with hoisting of the holy flag on Tuesday last.

Police said the fire incident had caused a tense situation for the whole day of Friday and the 'Sandanakoodu

Procession' and anointment of sandal, the most important events in the festival, were scheduled to take place on April 10.

One Abdul Kader, engaged in car beautification work noticed that the car was burning inside the shed.

On getting information, fire tenders parked near the dargah in connection with the annual festival, rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire, police added.

Based on a complaint of Abdul Kader, the Nagapattinam town police registered a case and arrested S Mohammed Hustin (31), S Mohammed Abdul Khader and Mustafa Kamal of Nagapttinam who were said to be Muslim fundamentalists. Police were looking for four of their associates, who were said to be absconding, police added.

Preliminary investigations with the arrested revealed that the the conduct of Sandalkood car festival was against the religious norms of Muslims.

(Posted on 07-04-2014)