Based on the preliminary investigation conducted into the desecration of Lord Rama idol at the ancient Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy temple in Ramatheertham of Vizianagaram district, the YS Jaganmohan Reddy government has come to the conclusion that it was an intentional act, and part of a conspiracy aimed at disturbing the communal peace and harmony with a political motive.
Highly-placed sources in the government told to Hello Vizag that the perpetrators have been identified, taken into custody for questioning and the investigating agencies will come up with more details shortly. Since the Ramatheertam episode had taken a political tenor the investigating agencies have taken a cautious approach with an open mind to avoid any criticism.
“It had emerged that the perpetrators had used a saw and some stones to behead the idol. The saw has been recovered from them. Investigation agencies are trying to collect more details and connect the missing dots,” a top source in the government told to Hello Vizag. It may be recalled that Additional DGP Ravishankar Ayyanar had said on Thursday that there was no pressure on the sleuths in investigating the incidents of temple vandalism and they are doing their job with an open mind.
Sources said that it was found in the investigation that those suspected to have committed the crime belonged to the same faith with which the government feels that the desecration was done with ill intention and conspiracy. While the ruling YSRCP leaders, government heads and the Ministers have only expressed doubts that the act was part of a conspiracy by the opposition party, the investigation so far based on the collection of the technical evidence has only confirmed the conspiracy angle.
The Government, two days ago, handed over the investigation into the Ramatheertham incident along with another such incident in Rajahmundry to CID. The CID sleuths have already launched an investigation by visiting the temple and found some crucial clues and evidence. The desecration of the idol in Ramatheertham had taken a political turn after the former chief minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu visited the ancient temple, which the ruling party leaders had alleged the opposition leader was playing politics on such sensitive issues.
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