Andhra Police detect five cases of vandalism, theft in temples; 11 including juvenile arrested

South India

Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang said that the state police have cracked five cases related to crimes in places of worship in the state. 


As many as 11 people including juveniles were arrested in five different cases related to temple --three cases are detected in Kurnool district, one in Guntur rural district and one in West Godavari district.

The official statement detailed about the incident took place in different districts.

"In Guntur district, it was widely publicised that the idol of Goddess Saraswati in the premises of Krishnaveni College in Narasaraopet town was desecrated. The owners of the site responded on that matter. They said that they had given the building on rent for 10 years ago, for Krishnaveni College. Two years ago we decided to construct new buildings and asked the college management to vacate. When the sheds constructed were being demolished; Saraswati idol is damaged. But the idol was not damaged. All such reports are not true," the statement reads.

According to an official statement, in Nandyal town of Kurnool district, two minor girls have stolen money from a Hundi.

"The police identified the case with the help of CCTV cameras. One of the girls (15) belong to Parnapalli village, Bandi Atmakur mandal. Another girl (15) is from Chapirevula village, Nandyal mandal. Their theft is recorded in CCTV Cameras. Case was filed on 10 persons who were digging for hidden treasures in places of worship. Further, five of them were arrested," it said.

In Kurnool district, four persons were arrested for writing provocative statements on the wall of temples in Adoni town. 

It is found in CCTV camera footage that two males have cut the wire and interrupted power supply.

In West Godavari district, two juveniles are arrested and cash has been fully recovered in the case of breaking down the Hundi in Goddess Pailamma.

A release from the DGP's office said that after the Antarvedi chariot fire, 33 cases were registered related to crimes in the places of worship; 27 of them have been detected and three inter-state gangs were nabbed.  

The chariot of the famous Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Antarvedi of East Godavari district was gutted in a fire mishap in the early hours of September 6.

 A total of 178 persons are arrested among the 76 unresolved cases. However, all these are separate incidents.

"Showcasing these non-related incidents, some anti-social elements in the society have been trying to build a narrative disturbing social and communal harmony and attempting to damage the secular fabric of the state," the DGP pointed out.

He said some sections of people are also using social media to further their ill intentions.

"The police will not tolerate such activities and stern action will be taken against the wrongdoers. We appeal to all the citizens to exercise caution and check the veracity of news before sharing them," said Sawang.

"The police are preserving the sanctity of all places of worship besides taking all possible measures to protect such places," he added.


With inputs from Agency

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