Security at Jain temples to be stepped up with CCTV cameras

Security at Jain temples to be stepped up with CCTV cameras

Only four against eight temples equipped with hi-tech surveillance

Security at Jain temples to be stepped up with CCTV cameras

Following a series of thefts at Jain temples in Bangalore and Davangere districts recently, the Jain sangha in the city has decided to step up security, by incorporating technology. 

In a recent meeting, the community leaders have resolved to cover the temples sans CCTV cameras too with hi-tech devices. Trustee of Tulsinath Jain Sangha Hansraj Jain told Deccan Herald that of the total eight temples in the city, only four have been equipped with the electronic gadgets for surveillance purpose. The cameras are in addition to the existing security set up that includes guards in the range of minimum three to seven depending upon the requirements.

Tulsinath Jain Temple at Halladakeri behind Sangam Talkies on Chandragupta Road is a century old temple, with erstwhile ruler of Mysore Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar dedicating the place of worship. Apart from the security guards, it has been equipped with eight cameras, while Mahaveer Bhavan also at Halladakeri is covered with 10 cameras. 

Works are on to install 13 cameras at Shanthinath Temple off D Devaraja Urs Road. Another temple on Uma Talkies road in the same vicinity is also equipped with the devices.

Hansraj said that following the news reports, the trustees met at Mahaveer Bhavan on October 21 and deliberated on the measures to curb disturbing incidents, at least in the interest of communal harmony. Jain temples are also located at Ittigegud, Siddartha Nagar, Agrahara and Mysore- Bangalore road. The sangha members are expected to meet Police Commissioner M A Saleem in this regard shortly.

Jains in the city account for a population of 30,000 comprising sects like Moorthypoojak, Terapanth, Sthanakvasi, Digambars and Shwethambar sects. There are around 7,500 Moorthypoojak families in Mysore.

When contacted, Saleem said that as most of the Jain temples are located in the heart of the city, there were no anticipated threats to the properties. “However, the police on night beat have been instructed to keep more vigil on the places of religious worships irrespective of the communities,” he added.

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