A political storm is brewing after the Andhra Pradesh temple chariot destroyed in fire

A political storm has been brewing after the 40-feet tall wooden chariot was gutted in the wee hours of Saturday night on Sept 5.

The Andhra Pradesh government has suspended an Endowments Department official, holding him responsible for dysfunctional surveillance cameras and the upkeep of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple.

The Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple chariot caught fire late night on Saturday. The 62- year old chariot was destroyed which was used for religious events as the temple car of the deity at the Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple in Antarvedi in East Godavari district.

There was no casualty reported. As per the police, the chariot of the temple caught fire at around 1 am, which was extinguished in a couple of hours.

The exact cause of the fire is not known, however, several people complained about the failings of the ED official when the Endowments Minister Velampalli Srinivas Rao visited the temple on Tuesday afternoon.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal members protested against state ministers Vellampalli Srinivasa Rao and Pinipe Viswarup after they visited the temple. The VHP had demanded a CBI inquiry in the incident on Monday. Janasena Chief Pawan Kalyan also visited Antarvedi Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple on Sept 6.

The protesters allege that there was a conspiracy behind the fire incident. Though a preliminary investigation revealed that the chariot was reduced to ashes in a fire mishap, leaders of Telugu Desam, BJP and Jana Sena saw an alleged conspiracy behind the incident.

following the protests, the Andhra Pradesh police have set up tight security at Antharvedi of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy’s temple in Sakhinetipalli Mandal. The authorities have also put up barricades to prevent any vehicles from moving towards the villages.

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