21 held in melee over Malaysian temple land dispute

SUBANG JAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say 21 people have been arrested over rioting that broke out amid a dispute over the relocation of an Indian temple outside Kuala Lumpur.

The melee began early Monday morning when a group of intruders attacked Indian devotees praying at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in central Selangor state. Another group of men retaliated early Tuesday morning by vandalizing the office of property developer MCT Berhad and torching vehicles.

A unit of MCT owns the land on which the temple sits and is embroiled in a legal tussle to relocate the century-old temple to an area nearby.

Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor said Tuesday that 21 people have been detained and will be investigated for rioting with weapons and arson.