The recent spate of temple thefts has riled devotees and temple committees, who called for a bandh.
Plundering divine wealth is being attributed to the overstretched police and ongoing CoP-11 where police attention has been focused of late. In the last two months alone, some 17 temples were either burgled or attempted to be burgled and valuables worth several crore stolen. But people are agitated that the City police failed to nab gangs responsible for the crime.
Yesterday’s burglary of the Mahankali temple riled devotees who thronged the temple and spilled on to the streets denouncing police inactivity when it came to preventing swelling cases of burglary and thefts of temples. Later, mandir committees called for a bandh, and in response, most shops and establishments observed a partial bandh in areas like Chatrinaka, Uppuguda, Lal Darwaza and Gowlipura today.
The City police commissioner Anurag Sharma, DCP South Zone Akun Sabharwal and other senior officers visited the affected areas and posted three platoons of AP Special Police to prevent any untoward incidents. Hundreds of devotees today gathered and wanted to take out a protest rally but police dissuaded them. Tension prevailed for a while between temple leaders and the police.
Meanwhile, chairman of Ganpathi Diksha, G Hanumanth Rao said some unsocial elements have deliberately been targeting temples to create communal trouble. He accused the police of focussing on CoP-11 while the City was being overrun by burglars and desperados.
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