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Udupi DCIB busts temple theft racket; valuables worth Rs 28 lakh seized

Udupi DCIB busts temple theft racket; valuables worth Rs 28 lakh seized

Mangalore Today News Network

Udupi, Oct 30, 2015: The Udupi DIstrict Crime Intelligence Bureau has busted an inter-state racket of temple thieves and has recovered valuables  worth nearly Rs 28 lakhs from three of the accused who have been arrested.

CIB  busts temple theft racket; valuables worth Rs 28 lakh seized 1

Those arrested are Firoz Pasha   and Mohammad Shabeer (20) of Sira in Tumakuru and Narasimharaju (37) of Doddaballapura. They were arrested by a Police team led by DCIB Inspector TR Jayashanker  on October 29.

Giving information regarding the same to reporters here on October 30, Friday, UdupI SP Annamalai  said the recovered valuables included  gold weighing 553 grams, silver articles weighing 20 kgs, a Tata Sumo, two motorbikes,  seven mobile phones and a cash of Rs 20,650. The SP stated that all the recovered valuables amounted to Rs 28,01,370.

Annamalai said the trio were wanted in connection with the theft of jewellery worth Rs 4.75 lakh from the Hiriadka Mahalasa Narayani Temple and Durga Parameshwari Temple. He said the accused had also stolen cash from the donation box of Mahalingeshwara Temple, Miyar and Mahalingeshwara Temple, Pilar in Shirva apart from cash, gold as well as CCTV cameras from Adyapady Durgaparameshwari Temple.  They were also involved in burglaries in Chikkaballapur and Tumakuru districts, the SP stated.

He said the police were on the lookout for  two  more accused namely Rehman Shira and Chand Pasha.

He said the thieves   came to know about temples after watching TV programmes and then  hatched plans to burgle them. He said the thieves even had around 600 locks and 250 keys.

The  SP informed that the police in Udupi have solved 8 of the 16 temple theft cases in the district.

Santosh Kumar, Additional SP was also present at the press meet.

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