Violent scuffle erupts over relocation of Seafield temple

PETALING JAYA: A violent scuffle reportedly erupted early this morning over the relocation of a temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya, with several vehicles set on fire near the USJ exit on the Elite highway.

According to social media posts, the Federal Reserve Unit was called in to control the situation, which was said to have flared up at about 2-3am.

Video clips of the purported incident showed traffic at a standstill as a crowd gathered in front of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25.

It is understood that the temple devotees had been keeping a 24-hour vigil there.

When contacted by FMT, Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said he was going to the site of the alleged scuffle.

The temple had been slated for relocation on Nov 22 as part of a win-win court solution involving the developer One City, the Selangor state government and two claimants to the temple management, K Chellappa and M Nagaraju.

A damaged car seen in the aftermath of the scuffle at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ 25.

However, a faction at the temple insisted that it remain in its present location despite agreeing to a consent judgment for its relocation in 2014.

Chellappa and Nagaraju, who were involved in a separate suit over the control of the temple management, agreed to hand back the land to One City after it agreed to donate RM1.5 million to build a new temple on one of two plots of land given to the temple by One City.

Chellappa was named as the rightful temple manager, but Nagaraju had refused to abide by the 2014 High Court consent judgment to relocate.

On Nov 23, One City denied agreeing to postpone the relocation to Nov 29, saying the final date for the temple occupants to vacate the land remained Nov 22, as per the writ of possession from the High Court.