Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 22:
Commissionerate Police of Odisha capital today convened a meeting at its headquarters here to review the security arrangements of the famed Lingaraj temple.
The meeting attended by Police Commissioner Rajendra Sharma, ASI(Archaeological Survey of India) executives and temple administration discussed several issues including enforcing a no fly zone over the temple, fencing of the boundary wall and installation of a permanent metal detector at the temple.
Besides, increasing the wall height at certain places, freeing the encroached land and installation of more CCTV cameras were discussed.
“We decided to facilitate more operational facilities to the cops being deployed at the temple. Further, a decision was also taken to form and deploy two additional units at two separate places of the temple in such a manner that they can keep a 360 degree watch over the place and can be mobilised swiftly as and when the need arises,” said Police Commissioner Rajendra Prasad Sharma.
“We had a detailed discussion on enhancing the security of the temple premises. Priority was given to proper checking of the visitors and a thorough ban on photography of the temple through drones or other flying objects. Further, we also discussed certain other issues such as cutting down the tree that is blocking the porch of the temple. The ASI agreed on carrying out the necessary steps,” said Prashant Kumar Samartha, a representative of the temple administration.
Notably, the eleventh century shrine has been on the hit list of terrorists as per various intelligence reports. Recently, some of the foreign tourists were detained for taking photographs of the temple through a camera fitted to a kite as we reported here.