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Richest god gives Kerala Police sleepless nights

Jul 07, 2011 10:35 PM IST India India
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Thiruvananthapuram: The priceless and historical treasure trove unearthed at the Sree Padmnabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram has become a security nightmare for the temple trust and the state.

The Kerala police will submit a report on a permanent security system of the temple to the Chief Minister, which then will be forwarded to the Supreme Court.

CNN-IBN learns from top police sources that the recommendations are to declare the 500-metre radius around the temple as a 'temple zone'. Such a system is in place at the Sabarimala shrine and the Sree Balaji temple at Tirupati. No shops will be allowed in this space.

The recommendation has also been made to put in place Hi-tech security system worth Rs 5 crore including bomb proof vaults, x-ray scanning systems, sound alarms on doors and windows and CCTVs connected to a central video surveillance room.

A recommendation has also been made to put barbed wires surrounding the temple with high voltage lighting.

"We will take care of the complete expenses to provide fool proof security.. All of us are proud of this temple and it is our duty to safeguard it," said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

Over three battalions of the Kerala Armed Police and commandos trained by the NSG have already been deployed.

The Kerala police is gearing up for perhaps the biggest security challenge in the recent history. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the government will not seek the assistance of Central forces now and the state police is capable of handling the situation. The final security system will be put into place only after the Supreme Court gives the nod.