Attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh standalone incidents: DGP Gautam Sawang

Attacks on Hindu temples in Andhra Pradesh standalone incidents: DGP Gautam Sawang

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Police on Monday mentioned that current incidents of assaults on Hindu temples are all standalone incidents, and an try and hyperlink all of them to spin the narrative is improper.  As per the official assertion issued by Director General of Andhra Pradesh Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang, accused in 12 out of 19 instances of assaults on temples and its properties reported for the reason that Antarvedi incident had been arrested inside no time.

“Firstly, we have arrested the accused in as many as 12 out of the 19 cases of attacks on temples or temple properties reported since the Antarvedi incident. We are confident that we will be able to crack the rest in due course. All these are standalone incidents; 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,” he mentioned.

Elaborating additional, he cited the instance of an incident in Srikakulam the place folks mentioned that the arm of an idol was desecrated. 

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“Our investigation revealed that the arm of the idol fell off last year due to the idol being exposed to heavy rains. When it comes to the Kurnool incident, the accused revealed that he desecrated the idol and stole the private parts of the deity because he was made to believe that this could lead his wife to conceive a child. Various other attacks were executed by treasure trove gangs who were hunting for treasures supposedly hidden under idols. Therefore, all these incidents have different motives and are completely unrelated,” he mentioned.

Speaking in regards to the precautionary measures taken by the police to make sure the protection of locations of worship, the DGP mentioned that police have mapped a complete of 47,593 locations of worship out of which there are 28,567 temples.

“Only 10 per cent of the structures were equipped with CCTV cameras. We have issued notices to all the authorities of the respective temples to take necessary steps to ensure safety, like installing CCTVs, boosting the lighting around the structure etc.” 

“A comprehensive social audit of all these structures has been completed. The department itself has installed CCTVs at over 880 locations. The police have `bound over` a total of 8,204 who have committed similar offences in the past 6 years,” he mentioned.

Talking about the newest incident that was reported from the Chittoor district of the state, he mentioned that the police despatched a discover to the administration of the temple to make sure its security, and is presently investigating all attainable angles.

According to Andhra Pradesh police, 2020 has reported the least variety of incidents of assaults on temples by far, when in comparison with the figures pertaining to all of the years for the reason that division of the state. 

The official information offered by the police mentioned 290 instances of assaults on temples and its properties had been reported in 2015, whereas 322 in 2016. 

“318 attacks were reported in 2017, 267 in 2018, 305 in 2019, and 228 such cases are reported in 2020 so far.” The police mentioned.

The DGP additional requested the residents of the state to not get carried away and may deal with the details. 

“If any citizens have any concern or information, I request him/her to approach the police and I personally assure that we will respond promptly and immediately look into the matter,” he added.

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