In Karnataka’s Hassan district, miscreants break idols of ‘mini Tirupati’ temple, atmosphere of tension
At the exhibition center of Malekallu Tirupathi Hill, at least four miscreants vandalized the idols which were ready for installation. In a 300-year-old sacred place known as Chikka (mini) Tirupathi, the temple is located 2-km away from the Arasikere town atop a hill in Karnataka and is revered by the people in the region. Tension gripped the Arasikere taluk in Hassan district on Tuesday after the vandalization of idols in a temple by miscreants.
After the news spread, Hindu activists and hundreds of people gathered on the temple premises. The police have beefed up the security on the premises and also were keeping vigilance in Arasikere taluk. Further investigation is on.
The police said the miscreants, who came to the premises of the temple on Monday, swam in the Kalyani (sacred water body of the temple). They also smoked despite objections and threatened and chased away the labourers working on the premises.
Later, they went to the exhibition center and vandalized the idols which were ready for installation and some were under construction to be set up on the temple premises. The miscreants used rods and other equipment to break idols.
Considering the sensitivity of the matter, District Superintendent of Police R Srinivas Gowda and senior officers in the district rushed to the spot. Dog squad and fingerprint experts collected the clues on miscreants.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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