Jehadi’s aim Temples,Police groping in darkness

published on November 11, 2006

Extremist hands suspected in temple burglaries

KASARGOD: Have the extremist elements sneaked into the professional gangs of temple thieves in Kasargod ? The question is uppermost in the minds of many people here in the wake of the major theft of gold ornaments from the Madhur temple.

The gold ornaments of the Sidhivinayaka temple including thrikkannu, prabhavali and two diamonds were stolen from the temple on Thursday night.

But the police are still groping in the dark and unable to tackle the puzzle of two major temple burglaries in a couple of days.

The Vishnumangalam temple at Edaneer was burgled a few days ago and the temple hundi was found abandoned on the temple premises. The deity which was stolen had one of its arms severed.

“We have constituted a special team to investigate the case”, said police superintendent Natarajan.

But he insisted that the burglary might have been committed by professional gangs. But the BJP alleged conspiracy behind the theft at the Vishnumangalam temple.

The police should have sounded a ‘red alert’ in the wake of the theft at the Vishumangalam temple and taken adequate measures to protect the major temples in the area, said the believers.

Most of the believers here do not think that the temple thefts in the area were by professional gangs.

Some people believe that temples in North India were attacked by extremist elements with RDX. There is a history of temple thefts in Kasargod which were believed to be the work of professional gangs.

Are the extremists hand in glove with the professional gangs ? But the police are yet to give a convincing reply.

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