Tuesday April 25 2006 14:09 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Not satisfied with the Government’s security measures for temples facing threat from terrorist groups, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to float security committees of its own.

All the major Hindu places of worship of Orissa would be covered by the VHP security plan in the next few months.

Each temple will have a security committee comprising 11 active members. As per the decision, the members would be prominent persons of the area – police officers, ex-servicemen, lawyers, servitors, temple managing committee members, persons selling ‘puja’ items near the place of worship and educated youths of the region. Each security committee member would be given an identity card and his/her personal details will be with the VHP office.

The committees will meet twice every month and members of Bajrang Dal will be deployed for security at the temples. They will take special care during festivals and ‘melas’ organised in the temples.

Prachar Pramukh of VHP’s state unit Debashis Tripathy said committees for Jagannath Temple, Puri, Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar, Chandi Temple, Cuttack, Samaleswari Temple, Sambalpur and Baladevjeu Temple, Kendrapara have already been formed.

In the second phase, Tarini Temple, Ghatagaon, Sri Chandrasekhar Temple, Kapilas, Taratarini Temple, Berhampur, Sun Temple, Konark, Bhagabati Pitha, Banapur, Mangala Temple, Kakatpur, Akhandalmani Temple, Aradi and Manikeswari temple, Bhawanipatna would be covered.

VHP state general secretary Gouri Prasad Rath said the State Government has been intimated about the decision. “VHP believes that the security measures initiated by the Government are not adequate and hence Hindu society has taken the responsibility for it,” he added.