Miscreants target temple, flee with five crowns, donation box

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2017 09:36:46


Staff Reporter,

YET another theft incident exposed claims of police to have tightened noose around miscreants involved in theft incidents. On the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, a Shiva-Hanuman temple behind Medical College and Hospital in doctors colony under Garha police station was targeted by some unidentified miscreants. The miscreants having invaded the temple by cutting iron grill placed above the window near the Yagyashala managed to take away five crowns (Chatra) made of silver weighing 3.5 kilogram worth Rs 1.5 lakh of deity and cash in donation box that remains to be ascertained. Miscreants after breaking the lock of donation box collected entire donation amount and left a currency note of Rs 20 denomination.

According to information, devotees who visited Shiva-Hanuman temple were shocked to discover the silver crown (Chatra) of the deity missing. Some unidentified miscreants invaded the temple by cutting grill placed above window. Temple priest Rajendra Tiwari who stays in the campus of the temple was called by devotees who reached the temple to take stock of the situation found the silver made Chatra of the deity missing along with donation box broken lying with mere Rs 20 currency note.

Amidst panic Garha police was informed who reached the spot and carried out investigations and accordingly registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC against unidentified miscreants involved in the theft. The temple priest informed that on Friday midnight he closed the main gate of the temple and went to his house in the campus. The miscreants, probably more than two in number, it is speculated invaded the temple at around 1.30 am on Saturday after removing iron grill they managed to take away with them five silver made chatras and collected cash from the donation box.

About valuables taken away by miscreants it is informed that five crowns (Chatra) made of silver weighing 3.5 kilogram worth Rs 1.5 lakh and cash from the donation box around Rs 2000. The miscreants however left one Rs 20 currency note in the damaged donation box. Meanwhile, Garha police who reached the affected location carried out investigations and registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC against unidentified miscreants.

A hunt has been started to apprehend the miscreants with poor record that being rounded up by miscreants as further investigations are underway. The theft incident has caused large scale resentment among people from the area who have demanded active patrolling from police administration.