Sudhakaran: keep temple jewels in bank lockers

Staff Reporter

Minister calls for more security for temples

He may visit Thriprayar Sreerama temple today

Special squad draws up action plan

PALAKKAD: Devaswom Minister G. Sudhakaran has said that gold ornaments and other valuables of temples should be kept in bank lockers in the light of increasing incidence of thefts in temples like the one in the famous Thriprayar Sreeramaswamy temple recently.

Inaugurating the State conference of the Malabar Devaswom Employees Union here on Sunday, the Minister said he had sent three circulars to the Devaswom authorities at Thriprayar and other places asking them to provide adequate security to the temples by getting assistance from the police, but in vain.

He said that in many temples the offerings of gold ornaments and other valuables were not properly accounted for and kept in safe custody. The government advised the authorities to keep them in bank lockers since most of them were used only during annual festivals. The ornaments required for daily use could be kept in the temples under lock and key.

The temples should be given adequate security cover, including that by the police, he added.

To meet police officers

Staff Reporter writes from Thrissur: The Devaswom Minister is likely to visit the Thriprayar Sreeramaswamy Temple on Monday.

Idols and gold had gone missing from the temple on Friday.

Mr. Sudhakaran will meet top police officials.

Deputy Superintendent of Police V.V. Sasikumar said the special squad formed to investigate the case had drawn up a clear plan of action.

“Police teams have been sent to places such as Mangalore, Salem and Palakkad as part of the investigation. They have contacted local police stations and are trying to locate the culprits. A clear picture will emerge soon,” Mr. Sasikumar said.

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