In the wake of serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya, officials from National Security Group (NSG) and Tamil Nadu Commando Force made a surprise visit the world famous Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple on Thursday to assess security measures.
The team comprising Shajith Kumar, Second in Command from TNCF, Mohan, Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police and Prakash Singh, the inspector of NSG inspected various places inside the temple and took videos and photos inside the temple including the sanctum sanctorum since 11 am.
Based on the direction from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the team has been conducting inspections in the important temples in southern Tamil Nadu.
The team visited four gates and examined the temple towers from the East gate to North gate. They held elaborate discussions with the temple Joint Commissioner P Jayaraman and police officials from various wings including temple police security team, bomb disposal and intelligence units.
Based on the advice from the MHA, the city police were ordered to prevent visitors from taking gadgets like tablet, mobile phones, cameras, and storage devices into the temple premises.
During the inspection, the personnel spotted a battery lying on the ground near the Golden Lotus water tank at the east gate of the temple.
Following this incident, the officials directed temple security police to remove all hazardous substances and questioned inspector Shamugavelu of the temple police on how the they ignored such things.
“Miscreants execute their plot by taking advantage of uncleared garbage and with the help of abandoned articles,” an official said.