CID to investigate Ramatirtham incident 

The government of Andhra Pradesh has ordered a CID inquiry into the Ramatirtham incident. The government has decided to take legal action against the miscreants. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, the minister of Endowments, Vellampalli Srinivas, met officials of the police department.

The minister inquired not only about the Ramatirtham incident but also about other attacks on temples. 

He discussed the reinstallation of the murti of Rama at Ramatirtham. He gathered advice from Pandits, and officials. He instructed officials of the Endowments department to arrange for a new murti of Sri Rama within a month. The officials informed the minister that they have installed CCTV cameras in twenty thousand temples in the state.

The minister reminded officials to attend to the security of even minor temples. The officials stated that security at temples is now strong with the installation of CCTVs, metal detectors at the entrances, and security by SPF personnel. The minister opined that the attacks on temples so far has been according to a conspiracy. The minister asserted that the attack on Ramatirtham revealed the definite signs of a conspiracy. 

Girija Shankar, the principal secretary of the endowments department, Sri. Arjuna Rao, special commissioner of the endowments department, Sri. Ravi Shankar Ayyannar, Additional D.G. Law and Order, Additional commissioners of Endowments Department, RJCs and DCs were present. 

The Chief minster, at a Police Duty meet in Tirupati, made observations about the incidents. “The fear of God has been abandoned. Even God is being dragged into politics. While the murtis of Gods are being broken in some remote locations, the opposition is indulging in mischief. Even such cases must be dealt with competently.”, he observed.

“Who benefits from the breaking of the murtis? Who is the target of these outrages. People must consider these issues. If the government does something good, it will be widely acclaimed. To divert attention (from such good work), such incidents are being created.”.