Security lapses found in Sri Kanaka Durga Temple

Monday, January 8, 2018

The probe ordered by the State government reportedly unearthed many security lapses that led to the entry of unauthorised persons that gained entry into the temple said sources.

Neither the Vijayawada city police nor the Andhra Pradesh Special Police personnel who were posted atop Indrakeeladri, tried to alert their higher officials on the alleged unauthorized pujas performed to the deity in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. A few outsiders entered the temple at around 11pm on December 26 night and alleged performed tantric pujas. As the news broke out through media, the government ordered separate inquires on January 3by the police and a Fact-Finding Committee.

The APSP ad the I Town police guard the temple round the clock ad a police outpost exists on the hill. This apart, the intelligence and special branch police keep monitoring the situation and the movement of VIPs. However, none of the personnel alerted their higher-ups on entry of outsiders into the temple and on the conduct of alleged unauthorized pujas.

As per the call records data, a few priests spoke to the temple authorities a day before the alleged rituals were performed on the night of December 26 and the outsiders stayed in the temple for about two hours according to police sources.

Meanwhile, former Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao wrote to the Chief Minister urging him to initiate reforms in the Endowments department. In his letter, he said that the recent happenings in the temple were a manifestation of a much deeper rot set in the administration of Hindu religious institutions.

It may be recalled that Sri Kanaka Durga Temple EO Surya Kumari relieved of duties in the wake of the allegations.

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