High tension prevails at Padagaya, 10th Shakthipeetam, Pithapuram in East Godavari district, when local municipal authorities demolished a compound wall of a residence of the priests of the temple. The resident priests including women began a sit-in protest. The authorities asked the residents to vacate as the area was being developed. But they refused and urged that they should be given new houses to which they can shift, as they have been living on the temple since ages. Instead, the local authorities began demolishing their houses.