500-yr-old idols stolen from Jain temple in Kanker, 4 recovered
RAIPUR, July 27, 2015: Five antique objects, including three idols and two prayer offering plates, claimed to be 500 years old, were allegedly stolen from
Jain Temple, Rajpara, in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. However, within hours of
reporting of the theft, police recovered four of the stolen objects and a search is on for one missing idol.
According to police, the temple's priest, who claimed that he noticed
the theft only on Friday, has lodged a complaint. He described the idols, made of asthdhatu, to be between 6 to 10 inches in height.
Police officials said it appeared that the suspect stole the idols while the priest was away as there are no signs of any forced entry into the
shrine. The stolen idols were reportedly placed together along with other similar statues.
While the exact value of stolen idols is not known, officials said being antiques, they could be worth crores of rupees for collectors. Police
officials said only the idols were taken from the temple and nothing else, including cash collections, were touched.
The forensic and dog squad were summoned and several sets of fingerprints were lifted. The entry and exit points of the temple have
been sealed for investigations. Police said the theft appears to be the handiwork of some locals and the involvement of an insider cannot be
ruled out. They said though no arrests have been made so far, vital clues had been picked up to identify the suspects.
Villagers reportedly restored the recovered idols into the temple after their recovery. Source: indiatimes.com