Kundapur, March 2,2016 : The police who are investigating into the case of alleged misuse of jewellery belonging to the famous Kollur Mookambika Shrine by a temple staff who was in possession of the keys of the safe of the temple, have arrested a total of five persons including Shivaram Madivala, the prime accused on the charges of stealing the temple jewellery.
Udupi SP Annamalai who spoke to press persons here on March 1, Tuesday said the investigations into the case are underway and the police are on the lookout for more persons who acted in connivance with the prime accused.
The SP said the prime accused not only misused the temple jewellery by stealing them, but also gave temporary receipts to the devotees who had donated ornaments to the shrine. He also informed that some of the jewels which the accused had pledged in some bank, have also been recovered.
The SP informed that a total of 2.521 kg of jewels out of the 3.172 kg kept in the safe were missing. He said a total of 2.244 kg of ornaments which were pledged in banks and co-operative societies have been recovered. Others arrested apart from Madivala are Gangadhar Hegde who does computer maintenance in the shrine and knew the passwords, Prasad Achar, who worked in the second shift at the counter where Madiwala worked, Nagaraja Sheregar and Ganesh Poojary, a former security guard of the shrine, who now worked in a similar position in a hotel. Of the arrested Nagaraj was already suspended by the temple management in a case of another fraud.
The SP also informed the public to contact the police in case they had donated any gold to the temple but have not received proper receipts for the same.