Faulty metal detectors guarding Padmanabha temple?

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Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 31: With the treasure trove in the Sri Padmanabha temple in Kerala grabbing the limelight, it has now emerged that the four metal detectors put in place to secure the treasure are found to be faulty. The fact was revealed by police officials on Friday.

In a shocking revelation by the Additional Director General of Police Venugopal K. Nair, who is responsible for overseeing the security arrangements in the temple claimed that the metal detectors work on and off. With the unearthing of an estimated Rs 1 lakh crore of valuable assets from the temple, this glitch could be a welcome invitation for those eyeing the treasure.

A popular Malayalam TV channel, Asianet had earlier reported that two of the four metal detectors were not working up to the mark with two of them always displaying a red light, indicating fault n the equipment.

A scion of the royal family, Aditya Varma, however stated that only one metal detector is faulty. He stated, "I checked up with the officials and I was told that three are functioning, while the fourth one at times does not work. With this TV report, we will immediately see that if there are any errors, it would be rectified."

The Supreme Court appointed team will meet again on Aug 1 to decide on opening of the controversial B vault that is yet to be accessed and analyzed. The rest of the secret cellars had yielded many riches including emeralds, diamonds and other precious materials of antique value. Nair also added, "very soon we will have our own state of the art security gadgets installed in and around the temple. At a given time, over 200 police officers are posted in and around the temple premises. We also have our men where the vaults are kept."

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