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Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh high court on Monday directed the state government to remove encroachments in land belonging to Bhadrachalam Sri Sitarama Chandra Swamy Temple, in accordance with the recent guidelines issued regarding removal of encroachments in endowment land.

Though the temple is located in Telangana, the land is situated at Purushothapatnam village under Etapaka mandal in Alluri Sitarama Raju district in Andhra Pradesh.

One K Mallikharjuna Murthy, president, Rashtriya Vanara Sena Andhra Pradesh chapter, moved the high court contending that 917 acres of land belonging to Sitarama Chandra Swamy temple have been encroached. Arguing on behalf of the petitioner, PSP Suresh Kumar told the high court that the officials turned a blind eye to the constructions being raised by the encroachers.

Suresh Kumar said that they had submitted multiple representations to the officials concerned requesting to protect temple land but no action was initiated so far. He said the encroachers have support from political leaders and they went to the extent of threatening the officials.

Considering the arguments of Suresh Kumar, the high court bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice DVSS Somayajulu said that they have already given a judgment with regard to the removal of encroachments in temple lands and the same will apply to the present case also.

The high court directed the chief secretary, and other officials concerned to take steps for removal of encroachments in accordance with the judgment given on September 14 in a batch of similar cases.


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