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3 lion statues go missing from temple chariot in AP

3 lion statues go missing from temple chariot in AP
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Amaravati, Sep 16 (PTI) Even before the row over the

burning of the Antarvedi temple chariot died down, three lion

statues that adorn the silver-plated chariot of the historic

Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada were found missing,

triggering yet another political slugfest in Andhra Pradesh.

The opposition parties attacked the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy

government over the missing lions while Endowments Minister

Velampalli Srinivasa Rao said the chariot was never used after

they came to power last year.

Velampalli said a departmental committee was being

constituted to look into the matter.

The main opposition TDP demanded that the Endowments

Minister be sacked forthwith and the temple executive officer

be suspended.

BJP state president Somu Veerraju visited the temple and

inspected the chariot.

He said only one of the four lions fixed to the chariot

was in place while the others were missing.

Even the remaining one had cracks on its feet, Veerraju

said.

Both the TDP and the BJP demanded a thorough

investigation.

The famous temple of Goddess Kanaka Durga, the presiding

deity of Vijayawada, lies in the West constituency represented

by the Endowments Minister.

The chariot was never used after our government came to

power. The investigation will reveal whether the lions were

missing now or since the previous regime, the Minister said

after visiting the temple.

The opposition parties were raising "an unnecessary hue

and cry" over this, he lashed out.

Police sources said the missing of the lion statues came

to light three days ago when an inspection was conducted in

the aftermath of the Antarvedi temple chariot burning incident

earlier this month.

The state government has ordered a CBI probe into the

incident.

However, no police case had been registered so far over

the missing lion statues, the sources said.

The Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy varla Devasthanam

Executive Officer Mohan Rao maintained that the silver-plated

chariot was kept parked inside the Mallikarjuna Mahamantapam

for the past 18 months.

TDP MLC Budda Venkanna alleged that the lion statues of

the chariot were stolen and anti-social elements were running

riot. PTI DBV

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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