3 held for illegally installing idols at AP Srikalahasti temple

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The trio installed the idols at Srikalahasti on the advice of an astrologer that it would bring fortunes to them. 

The Andhra Pradesh police have resolved the case related to the unauthorised installation of idols at the Srikalahasti temple by arresting three persons.

The accused have been identified as Pindi Sulavardhan (32), Pindi Tirumalaiah (30) and Pindi Munisekhar (28) of Puttur town in Chittoor district, as reported by TNIE.

The temple's executive officer C Chandrasekhar Reddy had filed a complaint with Srikalahasti One Town police after they saw the unauthorised installations Shivalingam and the Lord’s carrier Nandi on the temple premises on September 11. 

The Tripuati Police then registered a case and Urban Superintendent of Police (SP) Avula Ramesh Reddy formed special teams to arrest the culprits. Based on CCTV footage, police said that on September 6, they found that three men were suspiciously moving outside the temple and tracked them through their mobile data.

Ramesh Reddy said that the Tirumalaiah and Munisekhar had visited an astrologer, who advised them to install the idols for good fortune. They then made the idol from a maker at Rajeev Colony in Tirupati on September 2 and paid him Rs Rs 4,000 for the Shivalingam and Rs 3,000 for the Nandi idol. Later, they sneaked into the temple and placed the idols on the premises.

In a related incident, the Kakinada police on Tuesday arrested one person for damaging the idol of Lord Hanuman at Yeleswaram. The accused was identified as Korimi Venkataramana (50), a lorry driver.

Venkataramana is addicted to alcohol and deserted his wife and children a few years ago.  According to police, on September 16, Venkataramana damaged the idol of Lord Hanuman located near a gym. Based on the complaint filed by gym owner Kanna Rao, Yeleswaram police registered a case and took up investigation. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the accused. During interrogation, Venkataramana had confessed to the crime.

A series of such incidents had rocked the state with the opposition parties alleging a concerted move to attack Hindu temples. This also prompted YSRCP Rajya Sabha member Raghu Rama Krishna Raju calling the government headed by his party anti-Hindu. The party has sought his disqualification from the Upper House.

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