Andhra Temple Attack: BJP launch state-wide protest, CM order CID probe

The idol of the ancient temple was found vandalised with its head missing on Tuesday morning by priests.

Vandalism of a 400-year-old idol of Lord Rama at the Ramateertham temple in Andhra Pradesh's Vizianagaram has triggered massive protest by the opposition against the ruling YSRCP government in the state led by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Former CM and TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu said, "Not only people but temple-idols also not safe under YS Jagan rule."

BJP’s Protest
BJP too lashed out at the ruling party. BJP secretary and state co in-charge Sunil Deodhar said in tweet, "Beheading of 400-year-old sacred Lord Ram's idol in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh day is horrific. Authorities have not arrested anyone responsible for attacking the "Uttarandhra Ayodhya" temple so far. Jagan's inaction in temple attacks shows tacit support." He compared the incident with the Taliban's destruction of giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan.

The idol of the ancient temple was found vandalised with its head missing on Tuesday morning by priests. Later, several portions of the 400-year-old idol were found from a nearby pond.  Calling the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party Andhra Pradesh unit president Somu Veerraju in Vizianagaram district as "illegal", party's general secretary Vishnuvardhan Reddy has given a call for state wide protest.

Veerraju and other leaders were able to enter Ramateertham village but were later arrested with the police citing prohibitory orders. Several BJP and Jana Sena Party leaders were put under house arrest to prevent them from taking part in Ramateertham Dharma Yatra. The BJP and JSP had announced the Ramateertham Dharma Yatra protesting against the vandalism at Ramatheertham temple.

CM Order CID Probe
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered a probe by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of police into the incidents of alleged vandalization of temples and desecration of idols of various deities. He has asked the police authorities not to spare anybody found guilty.

Ground for intolerance
Two more temples vandalise, of the Hindu deity Sita at Pandit Nehru Bus Station and an idol of Ketu was vandalised at Sivalayam at Vuyyuru in Vijayawada outskirts.  The clay idol of Sita was found broken in the morning by a priest; curiously the temple door remained locked. The priest then informed officials with the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) who duly informed the police at the Krishna Lanka police station.

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