Temple Robberies and Subsequent Murders: A Growing Trend in Kerala

published on July 4, 2012

Kerala may be God’s Own Country, but unfortunately some of the divinities are definitely not safe in the state. Bringing to light two such incidents, which are unfortunately, a faction of what actually takes place or stands reported.

A recent happening has been the gruesome murder of the caretaker of Kalluppaara Bhagavthy Temple, Gopalakrishna Kaimal. He was found murdered in a pond in the temple premises. The miscreants, after the deed, escaped with Gold dome . The horrendous deed was committed after tying up another person Chandrashekharan, who was along with Kaimal. The episode is supposed to have taken place in the wee hours of the morning.

Chandrashekharan was discovered in a gagged state, with cloth stuffed into his mouth. Police personnel from Keezhvaaypur and forensic experts made a detail study of the crime scene. The golden dome which was stolen was made of an amalgam, which includes iridium.

The next reported incident of temple robbery is from Sreekrishna Swamy Temple of Mavelikkara. This time, ornaments of the deity, worth lakhs were stolen. The Sreekovil, along with the north end gate was discovered in an wide open state.

The deity was decked with a gold crown of 5 sovereigns and waist chain of 3 sovereigns, which the thugs made their escape with. Needless to say, by divine grace or by miracle, the gold flute and other offerings made of gold, which was concealed in a cover, remained unspotted by the miscreants. It has always been a practice to lock the Sreekovil with the traditional intricate lock, which however was not done on that fateful day. The watchmen, who were supposed to be on duty were conspicuously missing from their duty spot.

Investigations are on to confirm if both cases of temple robbery are linked in any way.
A protest meet and hartal was called for by Hindu Aikya Vedi in Mavelikkara town on Wednesday.

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