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Item dance in temple, priest arrested

Bengaluru: In Tekal village of Kolar district in Karnataka, a priest organized an item dance in his temple. He was arrested along with two of his companions. The incident occurred in a village 75 km from Bengaluru. They also assaulted the policemen and held them captive for a few hours.

According to the news published in India Today, the police got information about girls in skimpy costumes dancing on the premises of the Byatagangamma temple on the Tekal-Bangarpete Road on Thursday night. When two policemen visited the spot, the priest and other local residents raised an objection to the entry of the police in the temple. When policemen asked the priest to show the permission letter for the public performance, he and his companions allegedly assaulted the policemen and locked them inside a room.

When there was no report of the policemen, sub-inspector of police reached the spot accompanied by police force. He found that two of his police constables were locked by the temple priest. The police seized the control of the temple and arrested the priest and two other persons. The dancers were from Andhra Pradesh brought for night long performance as part of the 6th anniversary celebrations of the temple.