Kundapur, Feb 2, 2016 : In a second burglary in the Saukur Durga Parameshwari Temple in Kundapur in the past six month period, thieves broke into the temple on the night of February 1, Monday have decamped with the silver face mask of the presiding deity apart from the offering box of the Temple. The Karimani chain which was missing from the idol of the Goddess has been found discarded nearby.
The temple coming under the Mujrai Department was once earlier burgled 15 years ago too. The police have so far failed to apprehend the thieves wanted in the earlier theft cases.
Earlier on the night of August 14, last year thieves who gained entry into the temple had stolen a large silver mask, a golden replica of the face of the Goddess, Utsava Murthis made in gold and silver, a silver umbrella, silver mask of Lord Veerabhadra and donation boxes, other ornaments and Panchaloha idols. The donation boxes included the golden ornaments gifted by the devotees.
It is being stated that the temple lacked adequate security arrangements and that the siren installed in the temple was not functional. Even the six CCTV cameras installed in the temple are said to be of poor quality.
Senior police officials including DySP Manjunath Shetty, Circle Inspector Diwaker and others visited the spot and investigations are in progress.