Andhra Pradesh

Probe reveals security lapses in Kanaka Durga temple?

Some police personnel likely to face action

The inquiry ordered by the government into the suspected rituals performed in the Kanaka Durga temple here recently reportedly unearthed many security lapses, which led to the entry of outsiders into the temple.

Neither the Vijayawada city police nor the Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP) personnel, who were posted atop Indrakeeladri, tried to alert their higher officials on the alleged unauthorised pujas performed to the deity in the sanctum sanctorum of the famous temple.

A few outsiders entered the temple around 11 pm on December 26 night and allegedly performed pujas. As the ‘news’ came out through the media, the government ordered separate inquiries on January 3, by the police and a Fact-Finding Committee.

The APSP and the One Town police guard the temple round the clock and a police outpost exists on the hill. This apart, the intelligence and the 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 unauthorised pujas.

Senior police officials of Vijayawada are said to be quite unhappy with the conduct of the personnel and the security lapses at the temple. The West Zone police, in fact, began probing the alleged ‘tantrik’ pujas only a week after the rituals were performed. The police officials who submitted the inquiry report to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu are reportedly probing deeper into the allegations on the suspected rituals.

Call data

“As per the call records data, a few priests spoke to the temple authorities a day before the alleged rituals were performed and on the night (December 26) when they were allegedly done. The outsiders stayed in the temple for about two hours,” a police officer said.

‘Situation exploited’

A senior police officer preferring anonymity said the temple authorities took advantage of the situation, when the security personnel were deputed to the Gannavaram Airport, Velagapudi and other venues during the President’s visit, and planned the alleged unauthorised rituals.

“Police higher-ups are also considering taking action against some policemen, holding them responsible for the security lapses in the devasthanam. A list of policemen on duty at the temple is being prepared,” he said.

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