VHP condemns the persistent attacks on temples in Andhra Pradesh, demands prompt and strict action against the culprits

    04-Jan-2021   
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New Delhi: Vishva Hindu Parishad has strongly condemned the incident that happened on the intervening night of December 28 and 29, 2020 where some miscreants broke down the temple locks of the Sita Lakshmana Sameta Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple and beheaded the head of the presiding deity Sri Kodanda Rama. This temple is a part of the Ramateerdham village, Nellimarla Mandal, Vijayanagaram District, Andhra Pradesh.
 
“Three other incidents of temple attacks have taken place in Andhra Pradesh in the last two days. Many such incidents including the burning of the Temple Chariot in October 2020 by miscreants in Antarvedi, East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, have happened in AP in the last few months,” said the VHP in a statement.
 
“Recurring attacks on Hindu temples with impunity by certain people and the apathy as well as the inaction of the Jagan Reddy Led State government is shocking to the Hindu society. The sudden spurt in such targeted attacks on Hindu temples specifically after the election of the Jagan Reddy government speaks volumes for the increased confidence of the anti-Hindu forces in the state”, said the Vishva Hindu Parishad.
 
VHP has demanded prompt and strict action against the culprits and proper security measures for all temples, especially those under State government-controlled endowment board.
 
“As the state government seems to be unable and unwilling to perform its duty of protection of the temples, VHP has no other recourse but to call for public agitation against these atrocities,” the statement added.