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Recent Acts of Vandalism in Various Temples are ‘Standalone Incidents’, Says Andhra Pradesh DGP

File photograph of Andhra Pradesh DGP Gautam Sawang.

Various different assaults had been executed by treasure trove gangs, who had been attempting to find treasures supposedly hidden below idols,” the DGP stated, revealing the end result of police probe.

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  • Last Updated: September 28, 2020, 10:14 PM IST

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The latest acts of vandalism in numerous temples and their properties in Andhra Pradesh had been”standalone incidents”, every with a unique motive, however a slightly aggressive try was being made to hyperlink them and spin a fallacious narrative, state DGP G Sawang stated on Monday. In an announcement, the DGP stated the accused in 12 out of 19instances of assaults on temples and temple properties had already been arrested and added that they had been assured of cracking the remaining instances sooner or later.

“All these are standalone incidents and each one has a different motive. There seems to be a rather aggressive attempt being made to link all these incidents to spin the narrative, which is wrong,” Sawang alleged.






Referring to an incident in Srikakulam, the DGP stated the arm of the idol ‘fell off’ final yr because it was uncovered to heavy rains. “In the Kurnool incident, the accused revealed that he desecrated the idol as a result of he was made to imagine that this might lead his spouse to conceiving a toddler.

Various different assaults had been executed by treasure trove gangs, who had been attempting to find treasures supposedly hidden below idols,” the DGP stated, revealing the end result of police probe. “Therefore, all these incidents have different motives and are completely unrelated,” he added.

On the precautionary measures initiated to stop incidents in temples, the DGP stated that they had to date mapped a

complete of 47,593 locations of worship, together with 28,567 temples. “A complete social audit of those buildings has been accomplished and it was discovered that solely 10 per cent of those buildings are outfitted with CCTV cameras.

We have issued notices to the authorities of the respective temples to take needed steps for security, together with set up of CCTVs, bettering the lighting across the construction, amongst others, Sawang stated. He stated the police division put in CCTVs in over 880areas.

The DGP additionally stated the incidents of assaults on temples in Andhra Pradesh had been the bottom this yr at 228 to date, in comparison with the earlier years. The variety of such incidents was 290 in 2015, 322 in2016, 318 in 2017, 267 in 2018 and 305 in 2019, he added.

The DGP appealed to the residents to not get carried away however deal with the info. “If any citizen has any concern or info, she or he may method the police and I personally guarantee that we’ll reply promptly,” Sawang promised.


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