The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has called for an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the breaking of idols in temples in Andhra Pradesh.
Sharad Sharma, the Ayodhya-based VHP spokesperson, said, “The inaction of the chief minister, Jagan Mohan Reddy, shows that the miscreants are supported by him.”
According to Sharma in the last 19 months, there have been 120 attacks on temples.
In the most recent case, a statue of Lord Subrahmanyeswara was vandalised in East Godavari district, just a few days after a statue of Lord Ram was desecrated in Vizianagram district.
“The Central government must order an inquiry into the attacks on temples and the desecration of idols that has been on for the last year-and-half,” said Sharma.
He added that the influence of Christian missionaries was growing in East Godavari.
“The manner in which these attacks are happening makes it clear that it is not the work of thieves, for they would not only enter to break idols and not take a single thing of value from the temple,” he said.
“Even God is not safe in the Jagan government. The government has been a mute spectator. There has been no action in previous incidents such as the desecration of the lions in the rath at the Bejwada Kanak Mandir or the torching of the chariot at the Amravati temple. Had the government acted on time, the later incidents could have been prevented, but not a single arrest has been made by the government,” the VHP spokesperson said.
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Andhra Pradesh has stepped up vigil near temples after the latest attacks. Close-circuit televisions are also to be installed in all places of worship.
A desecrated idol is not fit for worship. A statue undergoes an elaborate ritual process before it is believed to bear the likeliness of a deity.
Sharma said, “Pre-planned attacks on the faith of the Hindus continue. It is imperative that the CBI investigate the matter, and the accountability of the state government in the matter be fixed.”