The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has posted police and forest department personnel along the Alipiri stairs leading to the temple at Tirumala, for security after a six-year-old girl who went missing Friday evening was found dead Saturday afternoon.
TTD officials said she got separated from her parents and relatives and wandered off into the surrounding forest, and was mostly attacked by a wild animal after nightfall. Police and forest department are investigating to ascertain the cause of death.
On June 21, a three-year-old boy was also attacked by a wild animal on the footpath route—forest officials said it could have been a leopard—but he survived the attack.
TTD Executive Officer A V Dharma Reddy who held a high level meeting with the TTD Forest, Vigilance and Security, Police and Forest Department officials said, “TTD is committed to take stringent measures on the footpath to ensure that wild animals do not attack pilgrims.”
“The incident is really shocking and we express deep felt condolences to the bereaved parents,’’ he said. He also appealed to the parents who are trekking with children on footpaths to not leave their children alone.
The EO also said that police or forest personnel would accompany a group of up to 100 pilgrims till they reach a safe area.