TN spurious Liquor deaths : Raj Bhavan denies Guv remarks on banning temple fests being root cause for tragedy

Chennai, June 24 (UNI) The Raj Bhavan on Monday night outrightly denied remarks quoting Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi seeking a ban on temple festivals, which were the root cause of alcohol deaths, that led to the Kallakurichi liquor tragedy that has claimed more than 50 lives.

In a communique here, it termed it as a fake news being circulated in the media to tarnish the image of the highest office and misleading and an police complaint was filed seeking a thorough prbe into it.

Stating said such news were being circulated with malicious intent that creates unrest among the public, the Raj Bhavan said appropriate legal action would be taken against those responsile for spreading this fake information.

The communique said “Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu has been receiving inquiries from the public regarding a fake news circulating in media that the Governor of Tamil Nadu has stated that, “Worship of family deity should be banned!. It is the family deity that converts Tamil People into drunkards; the festivals in family deity, Nattar Gods and village temples which are the root cause of alcohol deaths should be banned! -Governor Ravi”.

“In this regard, Raj Bhavan outright denies these statements and strongly condemns this act of misleading the public with the fake news which is being circulated with malicious intent”, it said.

The circulation of such false information not only tarnishes the reputation of the highest office of the state, but also misleads and creates unrest amongst the public, it added.

“It is hereby informed that Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu has filed a formal complaint with the police asking for a thorough investigation and appropriate legal action against those responsible for spreading this fake information”, the Raj Bhavan said.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to the public for promptly bringing this issue to our attention”, it said.

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