A secret visit of Pakistan High Commission official Abid Syed and his wife Nagmena to Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram on the early hours of April 21 sparked a major controversy in Kerala.
As per media reports the official reached Thiruvananthapuram from Delhi on April 21, straight went to the temple, was inside for a long time and immediately rushed back to Delhi.
Already the temple is under world cynosure and threat due to the huge treasures recently discovered. This visit has also angered Hindus, since non-Hindus are not allowed inside to the temple.
As per diplomatic and visa rules High Commission official cannot leave New Delhi without informing External Affairs Ministry, Home Ministry and Home Department of the visiting state and District Collector. The Kerala Home Department had no intimation of his arrival and departure, which is a grave offence.
The RSS, BJP and VHP have strongly protested against it. VHP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan and RSS have urged the Government of India, External Affairs Ministry and Home Ministry to prosecute the official and demanded Kerala Chief Minister to ask for his reporting for questioning.
The sudden appearance of a Pak official at the treasure laden temple has created fear, anger and confusion among Hindus of Kerala, regarding safety and security.