Police on Tuesday night arrested Pittam Pratap Reddy, chairman of the temple, and two contract employees who attacked a priest and his sons with whip at Omkara Kshetra in Kurnool district, Andhrapradesh. It is learned that the temple chairman on Monday attacked Pujari Sudhakarayya and his sons Chakrapani and Mrigapani. Brahmins across the state were outraged over the incident. Revenue Regional Joint Commissioner (RJC) Venkatesh and Assistant Commissioner Ashish Naidu arrived in Omkaram on Tuesday to inquire into the incident.
Adi Shaiva Brahmin Sangh Kurnool district president Subba Satyanarayana Sharma, state assistant president Maheshwara Sharma, state priest’s union president Nandeeshwara Sharma and state president of the Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (Hindu Temples Preservation Committee) Basavaraju were deployed outside the temple. Protesters insisted to move from the spot until Pittam Pratap Reddy was arrested. Temple priest Sudhakarayya and his sons climbed into the RJC car to protest as the authorities retreated in the evening without clarifying anything on the action despite concerns from the morning. They warned the authorities that they would be hanged if justice was not done to them.
They were reassured that they suspended the contract employees Nagraj and Eshwaraya and that the matter of suspension of the governing body of the temple and the suspension of E.O Mohan would be brought to the attention of the commissioner. Sub Inspector Rajareddy announced that they arrested the temple chairman Pittam Pratap Reddy and two contract employees Nagraj and Eswarayya on Tuesday night. The inquiry committee sent a report to the revenue commissioner suggesting the removal of the Omkaram temple chairman from that post.