TIRUMALA, MAY 18 : With an aim to provide foolproof security to the world renowned Hindu temple of Lord Venkateswara as well as to the tens of thousands of visiting pilgrims, the temple administration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams(TTD) has intensified its vigil at Tirupati as well atop hill.
Regular checking and frisking at Alipiri toll gate-the gate way to Tirumala for pilgrims as well as to employees and locals has been intensified from the past one month under the directions of the new Chief Vigilance and Security Officer Sri GVG Ashok Kumar who took charges in TTD only during last month. Separate curtains have been arranged to first ladies at toll gates on permanent basis. Stern steps have been mulled if any body is found guilty carrying banned items to Tirumala.
Under the leadership of AVSO Sector V Sri Jawaharlal, TTD vigilance sleuths have seized prohibited items at Alipiri Toll gate while checking the vehicles. The statistics in the months of April and May(till 17)as follows:
BANNED ITEM APRIL MAY (TILL 17)
CIGARETTE PACKETS 514 PACKETS 148 PACKETS
BEEDI ROLLS 983 ROLLS 419 ROLLS
KHAINI/HANS PACKETS 322 NOs. 211 NOs.
PAN PARAG/GUTKA 721 NOs. 314 NOs.
MEAT/CHICKEN 8kgs. 3kgs.
The seizure of banned goods in the months of April and May shows that there is a gradual decline in crime rate as the vigilance has been spruced up in Tirupati and Tirumala by TTD.
The CV & SO of TTD Sri GVG Ashok Kumar “TTD has formulated some guidelines in the larger interests of the pilgrim town as well as the visiting pilgrims. It therefore, becomes the bounden duty of every pilgrim and local to join hands with TTD to weed out malpractices by some bad elements in the holy hill town of Tirumala. The pilgrims can inform on Toll Free No. 1800 425 4141 about information on banned items or malpractices if they come across. As per the AP Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions& Endowments Act, Section 114(3) begging, consumption of liquor or toxicating liquor or drugs, smoking, animal slaughter, gaming with cards and dice is prohibited in Tirumala. If anybody found guilty they will be liable for imprisonment upto three months or fine upto Rs.500 or with both”, the CVSO maintained. He appealed to the pilgrims and locals to co-operate with TTD in tracing out the law breakers and make Tirumala a hassle-free pilgrim centre.