Priceless idols stolen from temple

via Mahadev published on January 22, 2006

 Kochi, Jan 22

Burglary in temples appears to be on the increase in Kerala, as in less than a fortnight two such incidents have been reported, the latest being in the Manathana Sri Subramanya temple at Peravoor.

Burglars broke open the doors of the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple and took away the pure golden idol of the deity weighing about 15 sovereign and money and other offerings from two “Hundis” in the temple.

A police team headed by the local Circle Inspector, Mr P Thampan and S I, N Balakrishnan, has started investigations. Finger print experts and police dog squad had also visited the spot.

During the past few months such burglaries had taken place in the temples in the high range areas where from priceless ancient idols were stolen. The inability of the law enforcement authorities to capture the culprits has angered the devotees who alleged that this phenomenon had become an encouraging factor for the burglars, the local people alleged. 

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