Hyderabad: Actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan led Janasena party has set up a four-member Ramateertha Porata Committee to fight along with BJP till the culprits are nabbed and punished in the case of desecration of the main deity of Sri KodandaramaSwamy temple in the holy shrine of Ramateertham.

On December 28, 2020, the head of the idol Sri KodandaramaSwamy was desecrated by assailants in Vizianagaram district.

Janasena Party General Secretary T Sivasankar will lead the committee while party PAC member Palavalasa Yasaswini, party north Andhra regional committee member Gadasala Appa Rao and Boddepalli Raghu have been appointed as the member of the committee.

"There is no progress in the case till now even weeks after the incident of discretion of the Lord in Ramatheertham. The police officials usually say 'off the record' that they will resolve any sort of critical case within hours if given freedom," said the Janasena party in its statement.

The party also alleges that the police personnel are not given complete-level freedom in the case.

The committee which has been formed will function along with the team of BJP state President Somu Veerraju to ensure immediate justice in the case.

The panel will also work in coordination with BJP by taking support from Janasena workers when required.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh director-general of police Damodar Gautam Sawang, on 13 January, said there was a deliberate misinformation campaign regarding the temple attacks in Andhra Pradesh and that deliberate attempts were being made to "twist the facts".

Deploring the "politically-motivated" allegations against the state police, Mr. Sawang said, "The police force has faced serious challenges in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As many as 109 policemen died of coronavirus. But the Andhra Pradesh police rose to the occasion despite being under severe stress and won over 100 national awards while excelling in crime control, arrest of accused persons, and maintained high conviction rates."

The DGP said it was unfortunate that politically-motivated allegations were being leveled against the police. "As many as 44 cases of unfortunate incidents were reported in the state. Questions were being raised about the police and religious and caste motives were being attributed to them. Such allegations were unheard of in the past," the police chief said while asserting that the police officers perform their duties impartially irrespective of their caste and religion.



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