Agra, 2017.08.11 (TNN): The management of Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan has demanded additional security after receiving a letter from a devotee, who claims to have overheard a conversation suggesting the possibility of an “attack” during the ensuing Janamashtami celebrations.
Talking with TOI, SP Mathura Shravan Kumar Singh said the matter is being inquired into and security has been beefed up as a precautionary measure.
Temple management authorities received a letter from a devotee, [name redacted], who claims that he had heard a conversation between a “priest” and some suspicious-looking persons about an attack on Janmashtami day or any day before whenever a huge crowd is assembled at the temple. He also warned to keep an eye on the “priest” and anti-social elements to avoid any kind of untoward incident. Janamashtmi will be celebrated on August 15.
The manager of Banke Bihari Temple, Munish Sharma said he had forwarded a copy of the letter received by the temple authorities to the administration, the home ministry and the Intelligence Bureau. While not ruling out the possibility of the letter being a hoax, Sharma said they could not take any chances by ignoring it.