Angry crowd accused police of not taking the series of burglaries seriously.
One more temple burglary was reported in Lal Darwaza, Uppuguda in Old City on Saturday night. Unidentified thieves broke in and made away with silver antiques and gold ornaments worth lakhs, said the Chatrinaka police.
The theft came to light when constables from Chatrinaka police station, under whose jurisdiction the temple falls, were patrolling the area on Sunday morning. On seeing the lock on the main door of the temple broken, they informed the higher officials.
According to the police, the temple, also named Mahankali Temple, was locked as usual after the evening puja. Late at night, the burglars broke the lock and stole two kg of silver antique idols, three tolas of gold offered by devotees and some cash from the donation box, totally worth nearly Rs.5 lakh.
Once the news of the theft spread, angry locals as well as political and religious leaders visited the temple. The crowd staged a dharna outside the temple, and the situation was tense for a while. Additional policemen were deployed to handle the agitators, who alleged that the police are afraid and don’t take any action against temple thieves. This is the third incident reported in Lal Darwaza area of Old City, they said, and so far, the south zone police haven’t been able to crack one case.
Later in the day, deputy commissioner of police (south zone) Akun Sabharwal visited the area. The Chatrinaka police have registered a case and started their investigation.
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