Trilokinath temple's CCTV cameras, cash stolen

Manali: Defying security of Trilokinath temple, the most revered deity of Lahaul valley, thieves on Monday night decamped with three CCTV cameras and cash from donation box.

As soon as some residents near the temple woke up, the thieves managed to disappear from the spot. According to sources, CCTV footage is showing movement of some people in the night. The temple has priceless idols and ornaments which are said to be centuries old. While theft has left thousands of followers of the deity disappointed, they are happy that the temple idol and ornaments are intact.

Lahaul-Spiti SP Rajesh Dharmani said: “I visited the temple myself. Three CCTV cameras have been stolen and the donation box was found broken. When some villagers woke up, the thieves fled from the spot. Police are examining the CCTV footage,” he said.

The temple is situated at Trilokinath village, about 150km from here. It was taken over by the Himachal government two years back and a trust was made for its upkeep. Hindus worship the idol at the temple as Lord Shiva and Buddhists worship it as Avalokiteshvara.

No phone connectivity, power failure cripple Lahaul

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Manali: Most parts of Lahaul valley have been without phone connectivity for over a week and frequent power failures have become a source of annoyance for residents. The district Congress has warned that if services are not restored by August 9, hundreds of people will resort to demonstration in the valley on August 10.

Not only BSNL mobile service but landlines are also not working in Lahaul. The BSNL is the main service provider in Lahaul and Airtel mobile service is available in Keylong and Udaipur only. While Keylong has limited mobile connectivity, other areas, including Udaipur, have no connectivity. Landlines are not functioning in the entire valley. In the absence of connectivity work of hoteliers and other businessmen is getting affected. Even government officials are not able to contact each other. People are having trouble in calling relatives and friends.

Former Congress MLA from Lahaul-Spiti Ravi Thakur said telecommunication, electricity and health services were in poor state and the party would resort to demonstration against this on August 10. “All three services are deteriorating in the district. Agriculture and IT minister Ram Lal Markanda, who is MLA from Lahaul-Spiti, spent five years asking for my resignation on various issues. He used to say that officials in the valley are not under my control. Now, I ask him why he is not able to handle the officials and why the services are getting worst with each passing day. Should I ask him to resign now?”

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