Panchaloha idol stolen at Kadayanikkad

via www.expressbuzz.com published on September 24, 2009

MANIMALA: Undeterred burglars scored again in the district with their maverick feat as cops continue to grope in the dark, by sneaking into the Sree Sastha temple at Kadayanikkad near here, in the wee hours of Thursday and decamping with a five kilo weighing panchaloha idol and other valuables.

The theft comes close on the heels of another one reported on Wednesday at the Sreekrishna Swami temple at Mamunda near Karukachal, which is not far away from here.

The bronze vestiges adorning the idol is also missing from the Kadayanikkad temple. However, money was not found stolen.

The burglary came to light when the temple priest came for the early poojas.

The thieves had taken the keys of the temple which is usually kept at a particular spot, opened the sanctum sanctorum and decamped with the booty.

They had also kept the keys back at the same place. The nature of the theft has given rise to suspicions on whether someone who is in the know of things related to the temple is behind the incident.

Cops have cut a sorry figure with the recurring incidents of temple thefts in the south-eastern parts of the district.

The services of dog squad and fingerprint experts were pressed in on Thursday also.

SP P G Ashok Kumar, Kanjirapally DySP Reghuvaran Nair and other top officials rushed to the spot and directed an intense probe, but no clues were forthcoming.

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