Unauthorised idol installation in AP temple sparks row

South India

A police complaint has been lodged against unidentified men after two idols were found unstalled at the world renowned Srikalahasti temple in Andhra Pradesh.

The controversy over the attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh has now taken a new turn with some unknown persons clandestinely installing Shiva and Nandi idols beside Kasi and Rameswara Shiva Lingas at the famous Lord Shiva temple at Srikalahasti.

While a complaint has been lodged by the temple authority in connection with installation of the idols at the temple by unidentified people, the BJP launched a protest against the state government, accusing it of failing to protect Hindu shrines in the state.

The protestors are asking how anyone could take the idols weighing each around 7 kg and install them in the sanctum sanctorum when no employee or devotee is allowed to go into the temple without thorough screening.

The BJP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) allege that such an act would not be possible unless there was some involvement of key people in this episode. They are demanding the suspension of the Executive Officer of the temple Chandrashekhar Reddy and thorough investigation into the incident.

The EO has assured the protestors that they would probe the incident thoroughly within 48 hours. They have terminated the contract of private security agency guarding temple which is also known as Dakshin Kashi.

The BJP, which has already been staging protesting over thee East Godavari chariot fire, has launched a fresh agitation. Leaders of the BJP and Janasena held a protest in Tirupati and demanded the resignation of endowment minister for series of attacks on Hindu temples.

The incident took place at a time when Andhra Pradesh Police chief Gautam Sawang has instructed cops to ensure that areas surrounding temples are under CCTV surveillance and ensure proper lighting arrangements.

All SPs were asked to keep a vigil on all temples and other places of worship, apart from geo-tagging the same. The officials have been ordered to monitor security measures at all places of worship.

“In a state like Andhra Pradesh which is known for its communal harmony, certain sections with vested interests have been trying to provoke people of different communities to drive their agenda. All such individuals will be acted against, none will be spared,” the DGP said (with inputs from agencies)

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