Door to 'Raja seat' set on fire

Police suspect the incident may have occurred at 4 am, when the securityman was not present. The miscreants poured kerosene on the door, made of teak wood, and set it on fire. It is suspected that the miscreants may have made a futile attempt to break open the door. The miscreants had made a vain bid to break open the door on February 19 also.

When the day shift securityman, Sudhakar, arrived at the spot, he found the door still burning. The fire was doused with the help of the locals. Police rushed to the spot and inspected the premises. Police have made elaborate security arrangements in the city, since the incident has occurred just a couple of days prior to the Hindu Samajotsava scheduled on Thursday.

‘Raja seat,’ where Chikkaveerarajendra constructed the tombs of Lingarajendra and Devammaji in 1820, in the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture, has been neglected for a long time now by the archaeology department.

In recent years, the place has become a haven for anti-social elements. Meanwhile, director of the archaeology department, Dr R Gopal, said steps would be taken to replace the gutted doors with new ones amd securitymen will be deputed round-the-clock.

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