Udupi, Karnataka, Mar 15 (UNI) Security has been beefed up at the famous Sri Krishna temple here and Sri Mookambika temple in Kollur following the recent extremist attack on a temple in Varanasi.
Addressing newspersons along with Superintendent of Police S Murugan after chairing a meeting of representatives from the Ashta mutts here, Deputy Commissioner in-charge R Shantaraj said the mutts have been asked to appoint guards in plainclothes in their premises and at Sri Krishna temple as uniformed cops were not allowed inside the place of worship all the time.
He said the shops around the busy Car street had become the main obstacle in providing security. The mutt representatives had, during the meeting, agreed to make arrangements to shift these shops. An alternate shopping complex was getting ready and would be completed in three months.
Mr Murugan said that after the mutts appointed guards in plainclothes, they would be given proper training. There was an urgent need to take atleast minimum security measures in and around the temple and go in for proper vehicle management in Car street.
Mr Shantaraj said that at Kollur temple, closed circuit TVs had been installed at vantage points and guards appointed by the temple.
Efforts were on by the Ashta mutts to acquire the required land for providing alternative road to the temple to ease the congestion in the Car street, he added.
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