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Screening stepped up at Srirangam temple

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The Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple authorities have stepped up screening to ensure that devotees do not carry big-size personal belongings inside the shrine.

The move comes in the wake of Thursday's incident at the sanctum sanctorum wherein a man said to be mentally unstable dropped a bag containing dirty clothes, a small scissor and a penknife causing anxious moments to devotees and temple staff.

Temple authorities said as a sequel to the incident a couple of temple staff have been posted at the 'Aryapadaal' entrance to ensure that devotees do not carry big-size bags or other belongings.

Devotees found carrying such belongings would be advised to deposit it outside. The small size handbags would be checked by the temple staff at the 'Aryapadaal' entrance.

The authorities said temple and private security staff have been posted at all the gopurams to advise devotees to desist from carrying big-size bags inside the temple. Cell phones would also be prohibited in due course, the authorities added. The temple authorities have requested the city police to step up security at the entrances in the wake of the Thursday’s incident.


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