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Robbery at Jain temple in Bhayander

    Mumbai (Maharashtra), January 9, 2013: Two unknown persons robbed silver ornaments worn by the idols at a Jain temple in Bhayander (west). Two security men were guarding the temple.

    According to the Bhayander police, the robbery took place in the Semandar Swami Jain temple at 90 feet road in the wee hours of Wednesday. As is the practice, prasad in the form of lunch is offered to devotees every Wednesday. On Tuesday night, the caterers along with their workers stay back in the temple premises to prepare for the lunch.

    The caterers and their workers, all known to the temple management and security guards Kamlesh Kumar and Ishwar Singh, got into the temple premises. The two unidentified robbers are believed to have entered along with the labourers and went unnoticed.

    At around 5 am on Wednesday, when the trustee Ashok Mehta entered the temple, he found the lock of the temple which houses the idols open. The ornaments worn by five of the idols were missing. A complaint has been registered with the police.

    The security guards who were questioned by the police said that they did not realize that two new workers were part of the group. On Wednesday when a head count of the workers was taken, two were missing. The temple did not have a closed circuit television (CCTV). The stolen ornaments are valued at Rs 14,500. – News Courtesy: Times of India

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